Texas Democratic Women (TDW) was organized in 1987 to elect more women to all levels of office and to assist in the growth of the Democratic party in Texas. Jeanie Stanley of Kilgore, who served as the first president of TDW, was instrumental in the group's founding. The organization particularly seeks to achieve its goals through increased political activity and influence of women members of the Democratic party in the state.
TDW has worked closely with such groups as the Texas Women's Political Caucus and the League of Women Voters of Texas and in 1992 participated with these and other organizations in a statewide voter registration project.
Also in 1992 TDW was selected to host in Austin the 1993 convention of the National Federation of Democratic Women. In 1992 the president of TDW was Mae J. Jackson of Waco, the first African American woman ever elected as Mayor of Waco. Currently, one of the annual TDW awards is the “Mae Jackson” award.