AUSTIN (KXAN) — Shudde Fath, an Austin woman who pushed for equal rights in Texas, passed away Friday morning at the age of 106, her daughter confirmed to KXAN.

Fath fought for equal pay in Texas. In 1980, she took a lawsuit to the Texas Employment Commission and won, becoming the first woman to win a sex discrimination case in the state.

She was a member of the Electric Utility Commission from 1977 to 2017 and served as treasurer for the Save Barton Creek Association for nearly 30 years. Fath was also inducted into the Austin Women’s Hall of Fame in 2012. 

She graduated from UT Austin in 1937, a time when the number of women being awarded degrees from the McCombs School of Business was 18%.

In February 2020, KXAN highlighted Fath as part of the Remarkable Women contest.

During that interview, Fath said, “You have to give a damn about something and work to make it happen.”

You can watch her interview from 2020 in the video player below.

Celebration of life

Fath’s celebration of life was held Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Weed Corley Fish Funeral Home, located at 5416 Parkcrest Dr. in Austin.

Loved ones gathered to honor her life and the memory of all she did to make the community better.

Betsy Fath Hiller, Fath’s daughter, said her mother was someone who made things happen.

“She got her thoughts together and put them on paper, and got dressed up and went down to the Austin City Council and they made a motion that they were not going to move the Kinney Avenue fire station and it’s still here today,” Hiller said.