1. “You’re confident.”

She walks with a kind of purpose as only a Texas woman can do, with the brim of her hat held high.

2. “You’re someone I’d want to meet my family.”

When you like someone enough to trust they’ll stick by you after meeting your racist parents, you’ll know you’ve found the one.

3. “You look like you could beat the crap out of me.”

Yeah… never get on a Texas woman’s bad side. They look like Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, and can throw a punch with the best of them.

4. “Your coat is beautiful.”

It sounds superficial, but a woman in Texas discovered the simplest compliments come with big rewards. When a Whataburger — what’s more Texan than that? — worker remarked on a beautiful mink coat a customer was wearing, she took it off and gave it to the bewildered woman.

5. “I bet you can eat all that.”

She grew up surrounded by some of the fattest people in the country. Even if she was scared into being a vegetarian or intentionally resisted chicken fried steak on the weekends, you’d better believe she can still clean her plate if pushed.

6. “You’re knowledgeable.”

She eats Whataburger and has a working knowledge of quantum physics. She can ride a horse and perform surgery for its infected hoof. Women aren’t limited by stereotypical skills; Texas women doubly so.

7. “You always surprise me.”

You want spontaneity? Look no further than Texas. Maybe you’re more likely to find weirdness amongst the women of Austin doing a naked bike ride, but each and every person from Texas will always manage to throw some new fact about herself into the daily mix.

8. “You stand your ground.”

And now, that’s not referring to Castle Laws involving gun use in Texas, but rather the example set by Texas women in politics. In 2013, when the Texas Senate proposed banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Wendy Davis, held the floor for 11 hours in a filibuster that received national attention. Clara Driscoll, though far more of a historical figure, is locally known as the Savior of the Alamo for her work keeping the barracks from being bought up by a supermarket. Texas women git ‘r done.

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