Michigan Women's Hall of Fame

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The Michigan Women's Hall of Fame (MWHOF) honors distinguished women, both historical and contemporary, who have been associated with the U.S. state of Michigan. The hall of fame was founded in 1973 by Gladys Beckwith and is sponsored by the Michigan Women's Studies Association.[1] The formation of the Association and the Hall was prompted by five professors from Michigan State University who were teaching a Women in American Society course.[2]

Nominations to the hall of fame are accepted from the public and are open to women who rose to prominence or were born in Michigan as well as those who have lived in the state for an extended period. A screening committee ranks the nominations by merit and a second committee makes the final determination, selecting on average eight to ten women annually. Inductees are honored at a ceremony and dinner in October and are presented with a bronze Lifetime Achievement Award.[3] As of 2013, the Hall of Fame contains over 275 inductees.[4]

The Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame is housed in the 1903-built Cooley-Haze House, located at 213 W. Malcolm X St. (formerly W. Main Street), directly south of downtown Lansing, Michigan. The museum is surrounded by Cooley Gardens and contains a resource library as well as exhibit galleries dedicated to preserving and presenting Michigan women's history and art. The house was opened to the public on June 10, 1987. The Center also contains the Belen Gallery, which features art from Michigan women.[1]

Hall of Fame honorees[edit]

Michigan Women's Hall of Fame
Name Image Birth–Death Year Area of achievement
Harriette Simpson Arnow (1907–1986) 1983 Novelist[5]
N. Lorraine Beebe (1910–2005) 1983 Politics
Mamie Geraldine Neale Bledsoe (1900–1991) 1983 Civil rights, politics
Elizabeth Margaret Chandler Elizabeth Margaret Chandler lg.jpg (1807–1834) 1983 Literature, abolition
Mary Stallings Coleman (1914–2001) 1983 Law
Wilma T. Donahue (1900–1993) 1983 Medicine, health care
Grace Eldering (1900–1988) 1983 Math, science, medicine, health care
Josephine Gomon (1892–1975) 1983 Medicine, health care
Martha W. Griffiths Martha Wright Griffiths.jpg (1912–2003) 1983 Politics
Dorothy Haener (1917–2000) 1983 Labor
Laura Smith Haviland Laura Smith Haviland in 1881.jpg (1808–1897) 1983 Abolition
Mildred M. Jeffrey (1911–2004) 1983 Labor
Pearl Kendrick (1890–1980) 1983 Math, science, medicine, health care
Helen W. Milliken (1922–2012) 1983 Philanthropist, Women's rights
Rosa Parks Rosaparks.jpg (1913–2005) 1983 Pivotal African American figure in the Civil Rights movement. In 1955, she refused to give up her bus seat to a white person and sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott[6]
Anna Howard Shaw Anna Howard Shaw 1.jpg (1847–1919) 1983 Suffrage, religion, medicine, health care
Lucinda Hinsdale Stone (1814–1900) 1983 Women's rights
Sojourner Truth Sojourner Truth 01.jpg (1797–1883) 1983 Abolition
Helen J. Claytor (1907–2005) 1984 Civil rights
Caroline Bartlett Crane (1858–1935) 1984 Religion, suffrage
Marguerite Lofft De Angeli (1889–1987) 1984 Literature
Genevieve Gillette (1898–1986) 1984 Environment
Icie Macy Hoobler (1892–1984) 1984 Math, science, medicine, health care
Madeline La Framboise Madeline La Framboise-image-28.jpg (1779–1846) 1984 Business
Martha Longstreet (1870–1953) 1984 Medicine, health care
Elly M. Peterson (1914–2008) 1984 Politics
Jessie Pharr Slaton (1908–1983) 1984 Education
Mary C. Spencer (1842–1923) 1984 Education
Bertha Van Hoosen (1863–1952) 1984 Medicine, health care
Patricia Boyle (1937–2014) 1986 Law
Elizabeth C. Crosby Elizabeth Caroline Crosby (1888-1983).jpg (1888–1983) 1986 Math, science
Gwen Frostic (1906–2001) 1986 Arts
Elmina R. Lucke (1889–1987) 1986 Missionary
Marjorie Swank Matthews (1916–1986) 1986 Religion
Marjorie Peebles-Meyers (1915–2001) 1986 Medicine, health care
Mary Chase Perry Stratton (1867–1961) 1986 Arts
Helen Thomas Helen Thomas - USNWR.jpg (1920–2013) 1986 Journalism
Marion Isabel Barnhart (1921–1985) 1987 Math, science
Patricia Hill Burnett (b. 1920) 1987 Arts, women's rights
Ethel Calhoun (1898–1989) 1987 Medicine, health care
Georgia Emery (1867–1913) 1987 Business
Betty Ford Betty Ford.gif (b. 1918) 1987 First Lady of the United States
Women's Rights[7]
Rosa Slade Gragg (1904–1989) 1987 Civil rights
Clara Raven (1909–1994) 1987 Math, science, medicine, health care
Louise L. (Sally) Brown (b. 1917) 1988 Education
Ethelene Crockett (1914–1978) 1988 Medicine, health care
Marcia J. Federbush (b. 1934) 1988 Women's rights
Fran Harris (1909–1998) 1988 Journalism
M. Jane Kay-Nugent (b. 1925) 1988 Business
Agnes Mary Mansour (1931–2004) 1988 Education, social reform
Helen Martin (1889–1973) 1988 Math science
Sarah Goddard Power (1935–1987) 1988 Civil rights
Clara B. Arthur (1858–1929) 1989 Suffrage
Anna Sutherland Bissell (1846–1934) 1989 Business
Alexa Canady (b. 1950) 1989 Medicine, health care
Anne R. Davidow (1898–1991) 1989 Law
Bernadine Newsom Denning (b. 1930) 1989 Civil rights
Isabella Karle Isabella Karle.jpg (b. 1921) 1989 Math science
Jean Ledwith King (b. 1924) 1989 Women's rights
Olga M. Madar (1915–1996) 1989 Labor
Mary Anne Mayo (1845–1903) 1989 Education
Emily Helen Butterfield (1884–1958) 1990 Architecture, arts
Erma Henderson (b. 1917) 1990 Politics
Dorothy Leonard Judd (1898–1989) 1990 Politics
Elba Lila Morse (1882–1975) 1990 Medicine, health care
Fannie M. Richards (1840–1922) 1990 Education
Emelia Christine Schaub (1891–1995) 1990 Law
Mary P. Sinclair (b. 1918) 1990 Environment
Merze Tate (1905–1996) 1990 Education
Delia Villegas Vorhauer (1940–1992) 1990 Hispanic civil rights
Rachel Andresen (1907–1988) 1991 Missionary
Mary V. Beck (1908–2005) 1991 Politics
Jan BenDor (b. 1946) 1991 Women's rights
Janet K. Good (1923–1997) 1991 Civil rights
Jo Jacobs (b. 1933) 1991 Women's rights
Virginia Cecile Blomer Nordby (b. 1929) 1991 Law
Dorothy Comstock Riley (1924–2004) 1991 Law
Edith Mays Swanson (1934–1989) 1991 Civil rights, education
Cora Mae Brown (1914–1972) 1992 Politics
Mary Lou Butcher (b. 1943) 1992 Journalism
Sarah Emma Edmonds Sarah Edmonds lg sepia.jpg (1841–1898) 1992 Military
Violet Temple Lewis (1899–1968) 1992 Education
Luise Ruth Leismer Mahon (1926–1975) 1992 Journalism
Gilda Radner Gilda Radner - 1980.jpg (1946–1989) 1992 Entertainment
Martha Romayne Seger (b. 1932) 1992 Economics
Ann M. Shafer (1916–1991) 1992 Labor
Slyvia M. Stoesser (1901–1991) 1992 Math, science
Lucinda (Lucy) Thurman (1849–1918) 1992 Civil rights
Charleszetta (Mother) Waddles (1912–2001) 1992 Missionary
Edith Vosburgh Alvord (1875–1962) 1993 Volunteerism
Catherine Carter Blackwell (b. 1919) 1993 Education
Jean W. Campbell (b. 1918) 1993 Education
Katherine Hill Campbell (1868–1942) 1993 Social reform
Lenna Frances Cooper (1875–1961) 1993 Nutrition
Roberta A. Griffith (1870–1941) 1993 Social reform
Bina West Miller (1867–1954) 1993 Business
Jeanne Omelenchuk (b. 1931) 1993 Athletics
Sippie Wallace (1898–1986) 1993 Music
Edna Noble White (1879–1954) 1993 Education
Irene Clark Woodman (1905–1994) 1993 Military
Virginia R. Allan (1916–1999) 1994 Education, women's rights
Marie-Therese Guyon Cadillac (1671–1746) 1994
Ruth Carlton (1911–2001) 1994 Journalist
Flossie Cohen (1925–2004) 1994 Math, science, medicine, health care
Bertha A. Daubendiek (1916–2005) 1994 Environment
Genora Johnson Dollinger (1913–1995) 1994 Labor
Flora Hommel (b. 1928) 1994 Medicine, health care
Sarah Van Hoosen Jones (1892–1972) 1994 Math, science
Aleda E. Lutz (1915–1944) 1994 Aviation, military, medicine, health care
Helen Walker McAndrew (1826–1906) 1994 Medicine, health care
Yolanda Alvarado-Ortega (b. 1943) 1995 Hispanic civil rights
Irene M. Auberlin (1896–1999) 1995 Missionary
Hilda R. Gage (1939–2010) 1995 Law
Lucia Voorhees Grimes (1877–1978) 1995 Suffrage
R. Louise Grooms (1902–1984) 1995 Business
Odessa Komer (1925–2004) 1995 Labor
Laura Freele Osborn (1866–1955) 1995 Education
Jacquelin E. Washington (b. 1931) 1995 Missionary
Carrie Frazier Roger Brown (b. 1948) 1996 Medicine, health care
Anna Clemenc Annie Clemenc.jpg (1888–1956) 1996 Labor
Waunetta McClellan Dominic (1921–1981) 1996 Native American civil rights
Margaret Muth Laurence (1916–1996) 1996 Law
Claudia House Morcom (b. 1932) 1996 Law
Betsy Graves Reyneau (1888–1964) 1996 Arts, civil rights
Shirley E. Schwartz (b. 1935) 1996 Math science
Joan Luedders Wolfe (b. 1929) 1996 Environment
Ellen Burstyn EllenBurstyn07TIFF.jpg (b. 1932) 1997 Entertainment
Marion Corwell-Shertzer (b. 1931) 1997 Journalism
Four Sisters of Charity 1997 Missionary
Della Goodwin (b. 1931) 1997 Medicine, health care
Alice King Hamilton (1869–1970) 1997 Medicine, health are
Nancy Harkness Love Love 1 350.jpg (1914–1976) 1997 Aviation, military
Maryann Mahaffey (b. 1925) 1997 Women's rights
Sharon E. Sutton (b. 1941) 1997 Architecture
Matilda Dodge Wilson (1883–1967) 1997 Philanthropist, politics
Connie Binsfeld (b. 1924) 1998 Politics
Hilda Patricia Curran (b. 1938) 1998 Women's rights
Marie Dye (1891–1974) 1998 Education
Eleanor M. Josaitis (b. 1931) 1998 Missionary
Dorrie Ellen Rosenblatt (b. 1948) 1998 Medicine, health care
Ella Merriman Sharp (1857–1912) 1998 Environment
Martha Jean Steinberg (1927–2000) 1998 Journalism
Ruth Thompson Ruth Thompson.jpg (1887–1970) 1998 Law
Lily Tomlin LilyTomlinSept2011.jpg (b. 1939) 1998 Entertainment
Patricia L. Beeman (1925–1996) 1999 Civil rights
Olympia Brown Olympia Brown.jpg (1835–1926) 1999 Religion, suffrage
Doris DeDeckere (b. 1926) 1999 Philanthropist, labor volunteerism
Margaret Drake Elliott (1904–1999) 1999 Environment
Elizabeth Homer (b. 1943) 1999 Women's rights
Eleonore Hutzel (1885–1979) 1999 Medicine, health care
Ella Eaton Kellogg (1853–1920) 1999 Philanthropist, nutrition
Emily Burton Ketcham (1838–1907) 1999 Suffrage
Ardeth Platte, O.P. (b. 1936) 1999 Peace movement, conflict resolution
Lillian Mellen Genser (b. 1920) 2000 Peace movement, conflict resolution
Loney Clinton Gordon (1915–1999) 2000 Math, science, medicine, health care
Katherine G. Heideman (b. 1910) 2000 Education
Dauris Gwendolyn Jackson (1933–1979) 2000 Civil rights, education
Cornelia Groefsema Kennedy (b. 1923) 2000 Law
Marjorie J. Lansing (1916–1998) 2000 Education, women's rights
Chaun-Pu Lee (b. 1931) 2000 Math, science
Marilyn Fisher Lundy (b. 1925) 2000 Education
Katharine Dexter McCormick (1875–1967) 2000 Philanthropist], women's rights
Kathleen N. Straus (b. 1923) 2000 Civil rights
Clarissa M. Young (1922–1979) 2000 Law enforcement
Cora Reynolds Anderson (1882–1950) 2001 Politics
Lucile E. Belen (b. 1912) 2001 Politics
Theresa Maxis Duchemin (1810–1892) 2001 Missionary
Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin.png (b. 1942) 2001 Entertainment
Francie Kraker Goodridge (b. 1947) 2001 Athletics
Marian Bayoff Ilitch (b. 1933) 2001 Business
Mary Ellen Riordan (b. 1920) 2001 Education
Joesphine Stern Weiner (1912–2000) 2001 Volunteerism
Hortense Golden Canady (b. 1927) 2002 Community service
Julia Wheelock Freeman (1833–1900) 2002 Medicine, health care, volunteerism
May Stocking Knaggs (1847–1917) 2002 Suffrage
Naomi Long Madgett (b. 1923) 2002 Literature
Lucille Hanna McCollough (1905–1996) 2002 Politics
Lana Pollack (b. 1942) 2002 Politics
Martha Louise Rayne (1836–1911) 2002 Journalism
Muriel Dorothy Ross (b. 1927) 2002 Math, science
Mary Agnes Blair (1909–1982) 2003 Education
Verne Burbridge (1896–2005) 2003 Volunteerism
Nellie Cuellar (1899–1987) 2003 Civil rights
Alice Scanlan Kocel (b. 1920) 2003 Civil rights
Joyce Lewis Kornbluh (b. 1928) 2003 Labor
Eliza Seaman Leggett (1815–1900) 2003 Abolition, suffrage, women's rights
Ida Lippman (1893–1980) 2003 Law enforcement
Marion 'Babe' Ruth (1918–2004) 2003 Aviation
Bernice "B" Steadman (b. 1925) 2003 Aviation
Pamela Withrow (b. 1948) 2003 Law enforcement
Ruth Zweifler (b. 1930) 2003 Education
Geraldine Bledsoe Ford (1926–2003) 2004 Law
Jennifer Mulhern Granholm Jennifer Granholm 5.jpg (b. 1959) 2004 Politics
Lystra Gretter (1858–1951) 2004 Medicine, health care
Florine Mark 2004 Business
Cathy McClelland (b. 1954) 2004 Business
Constance Mayfield Rourke (1885–1941) 2004 Academics
Margaret M. Chiara (b. 1943) 2005 Law
Eva Lois Evans (b. 1935) 2005 Civil rights, community service
Georgia A. Lewis Johnson, M.D. (b. 1930) 2005 Medicine, health care
Lida Holmes Mattman (1912–2008) 2005 Math, science, medicine, health care
Olivia (Libby) Maynard (b. 1936) 2005 Education, politics
Deborah Stabenow Debbie Stabenow, official portrait.jpg (b. 1950) 2005 Politics
Caroline Thrun (1897–1983) 2005 Law
Margaret Sellers Walker (b. 1935) 2005 Environment, Human Resources
Elizabeth Weaver (b. 1941) 2005 Law
Cynthia Yao (b. 1940) 2005 Museum studies
Mary Esther Daddazio (b. 1924) 2006 Women's rights
Margery Feliksa (1925–2001) 2006 Community service
Nancy Hammond (b. 1937) 2006 Government, Women's Rights
Viola Liuzzo (1925–1965) 2006 Civil rights
Marge Piercy (b. 1936) 2006 Women's Rights, Writing
Dora Hall Stockman (1872–1948) 2006 Agriculture, Education, Politics
Martha Strickland Clark (1853–1935) 2006 Law
Helen Hornbeck Tanner (1916–2011) 2006 History, Native American Rights
Mary Brown (Michigan politician) (b. 1935) 2007 Environment, Politics, Women's Rights
Gertrude Buck (1871–1922) 2007 Education
Emma Cole (1845–1910) 2007 Education, Environment
Haifa Fakhouri 2007 Social Work/Mission Work
Carolyn Geisel (1862–1932) 2007 Medicine/Health Care
Jane Briggs Hart (b. 1922) 2007 Community Service, Women's Rights
Abigail Rogers (1818–1869) 2007 Education, Women's Rights
Kathleen Wilbur (b. 1953) 2007 Education, Government
Woman's Hospital Association (Charter Members) 2007 Medicine/Health Care
Carol Atkins (b. 1923) 2008 Women's Rights, Writing
Patricia Cuza (b. 1936) 2008 Government, Women's Rights
Carol King (b. 1948) 2008 Women's Rights
Vicki Neiberg (b. 1940) 2008 Education, Labor, Women's Rights
James Johnston Schoolcraft (1800–1842) 2008 Writing
Leta Snow (1880–1980) 2008 Music
Mary Francilene Van de Vyver (1941–2001) 2008 Education, Religion
Carol Atkins (b. 1923) 2008 Women's Rights, Writing
Grace Lee Boggs Grace Lee Boggs 2012.jpg (b. 1915) 2009 Civil rights
Margaret Chandler (1929–1997) 2009 Native American Rights
Ruth Ellis (1899–2000) 2009 Business, Gay Rights
Edna Ferber Edna Ferber.jpg (1885–1968) 2009 Writing
Glenda Lappan (b. 1939) 2009 Education
Kay Givens McGowan (b. 1942) 2009 Native American Rights, Women's Rights
Elizabeth Phillips (b. 1937) 2009 Education
Jessica Rickert (b. 1950) 2009 Dentistry, Native American Rights
Betty Tableman (b. 1922) 2009 Mental Health
Marlo Thomas (b. 1937) 2009 Community Service, Entertainment, Women's Rights
Mary Aikey (b. 1928) 2010 Community Service, Education, Women's Rights
Laura Carter Callow (b. 1927) 2010 Women's Rights
Augusta Jane Chapin Augusta Jane Chapin.jpg (1836–1905) 2010 Religion, Women's Rights
Sandra Laser Draggoo (b. 1940) 2010 Business
Annie Etheridge (1840–1913) 2010 Military, Nursing
Sherrill Freeborough (b. 1947) 2010 Business
Dorean Marguerite Hurley Koenig (b. 1934) 2010 Education, Law
Terry McMillan Terry McMillan at the 2008 Brooklyn Book Festival.jpg (b. 1951) 2010 Writer
Edith Munger (1865–1945) 2010 Environment
Cynthia J. Pasky (b. 1959) 2010 Business, Philanthropy
Lois A. Bader (b. 1935) 2011 Education
Jumana Judeh (b. 1959) 2011 Business, Women's Rights
Marilyn Kelly (b. 1938) 2011 Law
Valeria Lipczynski (1846–1930) 2011 Community Service
Edelmira Lopez (b. 1922) 2011 Community Service, Folk Life, Labor, Women's Rights
Kary Moss (b. 1958) 2011 Civil Rights, Law, Women's Rights
Rose Mary C. Robinson (b. 1939) 2011 Law, Politics
Patricia Saunders (b. 1966) 2011 Athletics
Gladys Beckwith 2012 Women's studies
Patricia Caruso 2012 First woman director of the Michigan Department of Corrections
Mary Jane Dockeray 2012 Environment
Judith Karandjeff 2012 Women's rights
Les Meres et Debutantes Club of Greater Lansing 2012 African American women's organization created in 1962
Serena Williams Melbourne Australian Open 2010 Serena Serve.jpg (b. 1981-) 2012 Tennis, only player to have achieved a Career Golden Slam in both singles and doubles, Youngest inductee
L. Anna Ballard (1848–1934) 2012
Eva McCall Hamilton (1871–1948) 2012 First woman elected to the Michigan Legislature in 1920
Mary E. McCoy (1846–1923) 2012
Elizabeth Bauer 2013 Advocate for the rights of people with disabilities
Judith Levin Cantor 2013 Historian, author, archivist, and exhibit curator
Paula Cunningham 2013 First female president of Lansing Community College
Joan Jackson Johnson 2013 Advocate for the poor, homeless, and mentally ill
Gladys McKenney 2013 Educator and advocate for women's rights
Marina von Neumann Whitman (b. 1935–) 2013 Vice president and group executive of Public Affairs at General Motors
Con-Con Eleven 2013 The 11 women delegates at the 1961–1962 Michigan Constitutional Convention: Vera Andrus, Ruth Gibson Butler, Anne M. Conklin, Katherine Moore Cushman, Ann Elizabeth Donnelly, Daisy Elizabeth Elliott, Adelaide Julia Hart, Lillian Hatcher, Dorothy Leonard Judd, Ella Demmink Koeze, and Marjorie Frances McGowan
Elizabeth Eaglesfield (1853–1940) 2013 Businesswoman and one of the first female steamship captains on Lake Michigan
Harriet Quimby Harriet Quimby 054.png (1875–1912) 2013 Early American aviator and movie screenwriter

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Michigan Women's Hall of Fame". MWHF. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Michigan Women's Studies Association, Inc.". Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nominations open for Hall of Fame". The Argus-Press. February 26, 1990. 
  4. ^ "The Michigan Women's Hall of Fame Celebrates 29 Years". The Michigan Women's Historical Center. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Harriette Simpson Arnow". MWHF. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Civil Rights Icon Rosa Parks Dies". NPR. October 25, 2005. 
  7. ^ "Betty Ford Biography". The Gerald Ford Foundation. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Arrow, Harriette Simpson (2005). The Collected Short Stories of Harriette Simpson Arnow. Michigan State University Press. ISBN 978-0-87013-756-3. 

External links[edit]

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