In the words of the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg, former Supreme Court Justice and a key leader in women’s empowerment, “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.” Ginsberg was an essential advocate for women and a role model to many. Women throughout the United States support her vision and volunteer their time, talents and assets to help other women become high achieving leaders in America.
One of those women is a born and raised Texan, Rebecca Brune, who has planned an estate gift to aid the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets in efforts to bridge the gap she sees between male and female intelligence workers.
Although she’s not an Aggie, Brune has always considered herself one. Her grandfather and father had strong ties to Texas A&M through their ranch in Sealy, Texas, where they farmed cattle, cotton, corn and mules into the mid-1900s. Representatives from the Texas Agriculture Extension Service at Texas A&M—now known as the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service—often visited Brune’s family ranch to plant various strains of cotton and corn to supply yield information. As time progressed, the family’s relationship with Texas A&M grew, as did their farming success, leading her father to later become president of the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Brune learned valuable life lessons working alongside her father and grandfather. Meanwhile, observing the extension agents’ passionate work strengthened her admiration for Texas A&M. Her parents also valued public service, which influenced how Brune spent her time and money. “They worked to shape laws that affected agricultural property owners across America, including citizens in Austin County and Sealy, and that taught me from a young age to be proactive in areas I’m passionate about,” Brune shared.