published: 30 September 2015
While the state of Georgia executed a woman for the first time in 70 years on Wednesday, Texas has executed more women than any other state in the past three decades with a half dozen more awaiting their fate on death row right now.
Kelly Gissendaner was the only woman on Georgia’s death row when she was executed by lethal injection just after midnight. She was convicted in 1998 of convincing a boyfriend to murder her husband.
Meanwhile, Texas has executed the majority of the 15 female inmates in the United States since capital punishment was re-instated here in 1982. Karla Faye Tucker in 1998 was the first woman executed in Texas in 135 years.