Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame

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The Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame is a non-profit, volunteer organization that recognizes women who have contributed to history of the U.S. state of Arkansas.

History[edit]

The organization was founded and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2014 to recognize women's contributions and impact upon the state of Arkansas. It was formed as a partnership between the Arkansas Business Publishing Group and the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.[1] An eleven-member board was developed to create a permanent location for the Hall of Fame and a sustained tribute to the women who have helped to build the state. Until a permanent facility is built, the plans call for a statewide traveling exhibit on the inductees.[2] The inaugural group of women, inducted on 27 August 2015, included 11 women and one organization, the Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools and were selected from public nominations of 73 potential candidates.[3]

Criteria[edit]

The criteria for induction into the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame is that women were born in and achieved recognition within the state; are or have been a resident in Arkansas for an extended period of time and achieved prominence within the state; or were born in or lived in Arkansas for a significant period of time and achieved prominence elsewhere. Additional criteria:

  • Made significant and enduring contributions to their field, whether professional or not;
  • Made improvements to the cultural, economic, political or social status of their community, the state or the nation;
  • Elevated the status of women and/or girls;
  • Helped open new frontiers for women and the general society;
  • Were inspirational role models.[4]

Inductees[edit]

The hall inducts new members annually and includes both contemporary and historical women or organizations which benefit women.[4]

Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame
Name Image Birth–Death Year Area of achievement Ref(s)
Alice Andrews 2019 Conservationist [5]
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Beta Pi Omega Chapter 2019 [6]
Diane Frances Divers Kincaid Blair (1938–2000) 2019 Educator, political advisor, and writer [7]
Olivia Farrell 2019 Publisher; co-founder of the Arkansas Women’s Foundation [8]
Jo Luck 2019 Actviist for ending world hunger [9]
Charlotte Tillar Schexnayder 2019 Arkansas House of Representatives; first female president of the National Newspaper Association [10]
Louise McPhetridge Thaden Louise thaden 2b.jpg (1935–2018) 2019 Aviation pioneer [11]
Carolyn Witherspoon 2019 Founding partner of Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon and Galchus law firm; first woman to serve as president of the Arkansas Bar Association [12]
Caroline F. Blakely 2018 Chancellor emeritus at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff [13]
Karen Flake 2018 President and CEO of Mount St. Mary Academy, Little RockMount St. Mary Academy [14]
Sue Griffin 2018 Editor in Chief Journal of Neuroinflamattion [15]
Raye Montague Raye Montague in 2017.jpg (1935–2018 2018 US Navy engineer and graphics designer [16]
Bessie Boehm Moore (1935–2018) 2018 Educator, civic leader, helped create the first public library in Pine Bluff. [17]
Florence Beatrice Smith Price (1887–1953) 2018 Musical composer [18]
Mary Steenburgen MarySteenburgenDec09.jpg 2018 Actress [19]
Annabelle Davis Clinton Imber Tuck 2018 First woman elected to the Arkansas Supreme Court [20]
Women’s Foundation of Arkansas 2018 The only foundation in the state focusing solely on women and girls [21]
Maya Angelou (1928–2004) 2017 Poet [22]
June B. Freeman 2017 Architect [23]
Ruth Hawkins 2017 Historic preservation [24]
Brinda J. Jackson 2017 Architect [25]
Bernice Jones (1905–) 2017 Philanthropist [26]
Pat Lile 2017 President and CEO of the Arkansas Community Foundation, Inc. [27]
Olivetan Benedictine Sisters 2017 Established St. Bernards Hospital and Regional Medical Center [28]
Elsijane Trimble Roy (1916–2007) 2017 Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court and a United States federal judge [29]
Joanna Seibert 2017 Pediatric Radiology [30]
Dorothy Stuck 2017 Civil rights [31]
Kay Kelley Arnold 2016 Community activist [32]
Bettye Caldwell (1924–2016) 2016 Educator and academic [33]
Cathy Cunningham 2016 Community development advocate [34]
Jocelyn Elders Joycelyn Elders official photo portrait.jpg (1933–) 2016 Former Surgeon General of the United States [35]
Betty Ann Lowe (1934–2013) 2016 Pediatrician and educator [36]
Religious Sisters of Mercy of the Americas 2016 [37]
Lottie Shackelford 2016 Mayor of Little Rock [38]
Patti Upton 2016 Founder and former CEO of decorative fragrance company Aromatique [39]
Pat Walker (1919–2016) 2016 Philanthropist [40]
Mary Ann Arnold (1927–) 2015 First female mayor of Marked Tree, Arkansas, President of agribusiness and communications firm E. Ritter & Co [41]
Daisy Bates (1914–1999) 2015 American civil rights activist, Little Rock Integration Crisis planner [42]
Betty Bumpers Betty Bumpers was pictured with Bill Clinton and Dale Bumpers 1999.jpg (1925–) 2015 Former Arkansas First Lady who led a statewide childhood immunization program [43]
Hattie Caraway HattieCarawayPortrait.jpg (1878–1950) 2015 First woman elected to serve in the United States Senate [44]
Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton official Secretary of State portrait crop.jpg (1947–) 2015 Former Arkansas First Lady, First Lady of the United States, U.S. senator from New York, and U.S. Secretary of State [45]
Hester Davis (1930–2014) 2015 State Archaeologist with the Arkansas Archaeological Survey [46]
Roberta Fulbright (1874–1953) 2015 Newspaper publisher and women's rights advocate; mother of United States Senator J. William Fulbright [47]
Mary Good Mary Lowe Good - ACS2004 crop.jpg (1931–) 2015 Founding Dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology (E.I.T.) at the University of Arkansas Little Rock [48]
Johnelle Hunt (1939–) 2015 Co-founder and former Board Member of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. [49]
Edith Jones (1927–) 2015 First African American to attend and to graduate from the University of Arkansas Medical School, first female president of the National Medical Association [50]
Alice Walton Alice Walton (cropped).jpg (1949–) 2015 WalMart heiress and founder of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art [51]
Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools 2015 Advocated integration of the Little Rock public school system [52]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame Inducts Inaugural Class". Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas News. August 28, 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  2. ^ Lyon, John (April 22, 2015). "Organizers Seek Nominations For Arkansas Women's Hall Of Fame". Ft. Smith, Arkansas: Times Record. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  3. ^ Lyon, John (June 22, 2015). "Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame names first inductees". North Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas News Bureau. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame Announces Inaugural Inductees". North Little Rock, Arkansas: North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. June 22, 2015. Archived from the original on 29 March 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Alice Andrerws". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame.
  6. ^ "Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Beta Pi Omega Chapter". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame.
  7. ^ "Diane Frances Divers Kincaid Blair". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame.
  8. ^ "Olivia Farrell". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame.
  9. ^ "Jo Luck". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame.
  10. ^ "Charlotte Tillar Schexnayder". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame.
  11. ^ "Louise McPhetridge Thaden". Arkansas Aviation Historical Society.
  12. ^ "Carolyn Witherspoon". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame.
  13. ^ "Carolyn F. Blakely Honors College | University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff". www.uapb.edu. University of Arkansas. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  14. ^ "Karen Flake". Mount St. Mary Academy. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  15. ^ "Journal of Neuroinflammation". Journal of Neuroinflammation. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  16. ^ "Raye Jean Jordan Montague (1935–2018)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  17. ^ "Bessie Grace Boehm Moore". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  18. ^ "Florence Beatrice Smith Price". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  19. ^ "Mary Nell Steenburgen". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  20. ^ "Annabelle Davis Clinton Imber Tuck". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  21. ^ "Women's Foundation of Arkansas". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  22. ^ "Maya Angelou". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  23. ^ "June B. Freeman". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  24. ^ "Ruth Hawkins". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  25. ^ "Brinda J. Jackson, R.A., PMP". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  26. ^ "Bernice Young Jones". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 18, 017.
  27. ^ "Pat Lile". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  28. ^ "Olivetan Benedictine Sisters". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  29. ^ "The Honorable Elsijane Trimble Roy". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  30. ^ "Dr. Joanna Seibert". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  31. ^ "Dorothy Stuck". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
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  37. ^ Herron, Mary Eulalia (1922). "WORK OF THE SISTERS OF MERCY IN THE UNITED STATES, DIOCESE OF LITTLE ROCK, 1851–1921". Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. 33 (4): 317–337. JSTOR 44208586.; "Religious Sisters of Mercy of the Americas". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2018.; "Sisters of Mercy: Catholic Women Religious Congregation". Sisters of Mercy. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
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  39. ^ "2016 Inductees". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  40. ^ "2016 Inductees". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2 July 2016.; "Philanthropist Pat Walker, co-founder of Pat and Willard Walker Charitable Foundation, has died – Talk Business & Politics". Talk Business & Politics. 2016-09-04. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  41. ^ "Mary Ann Ritter Arnold". Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  42. ^ "Daisy Gatson Bates". Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  43. ^ "Betty Bumpers". Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  44. ^ "Hattie Caraway". Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  45. ^ "Hillary Rodham Clinton". Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  46. ^ "Hester Ashmead Davis". Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  47. ^ "Roberta Waugh Fulbright". Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  48. ^ "Mary L. Good". Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  49. ^ "Johnelle Hunt". Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  50. ^ "Edith Irby Jones". Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  51. ^ "Alice Walton". Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  52. ^ Gates, Lorraine (2007). "Power from the Pedestal: The Women's Emergency Committee and the Little Rock School Crisis". The Arkansas Historical Quarterly. 66 (2): 194–223. doi:10.2307/40018699. JSTOR 40018699.

Further reading[edit]

  • Stuck, Dorothy D.; Snow, Nan (1997). Roberta A Most Remarkable Fulbright. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press. ISBN 978-1-55728-460-0.
  • White, Nancy Marie; Marrinan, Rochelle A.; Sullivan, Lynne P. (1999). Grit-Tempered: Early Women Archaeologists in the Southeastern United States. Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida. ISBN 978-0-8130-1686-3.
  • Williams, Nancy A.; Whayne, Jeannie M. (2000). Arkansas Biography A Collection of Notable Lives. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press. ISBN 1-55728-587-X.

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