Maine Women's Hall of Fame
Eleanor Roosevelt and Margaret Chase Smith
|Location||Bernard D. Katz Library
University of Maine
46 University Drive
Augusta, Maine 04330
|Website||Maine Women's Hall of Fame|
The Maine Women's Hall of Fame was created in 1990 to honor the achievements of women associated with the U.S. state of Maine. The induction ceremonies are held each year during March, designated as Women's History Month. Nominees are chosen by the public via an online nomination form. The University of Maine at Augusta displays the hall of fame in its Bennett D. Katz Library, and also hosts the hall of fame online at the university's website. The nomination form lists three criteria for eligibility:
- 1) Woman's achievements must have had a significant statewide impact
- 2) Woman's achievements significantly improved the lives of women in Maine
- 3) Woman's contribution has enduring value for women.
Nominations have a December deadline of any given year.
The first two inductees in 1990 were Mabel Sine Wadsworth and Margaret Chase Smith. Wadsworth had devoted her life to multiple issues, including maternal health and family planning, founding the Wadsworth Women's Health Center. She was member of the board of Board of Directorsof Legal Services for the Elderly, and helped raise funds for noteworthy organizations.
Margaret Chase Smith holds the distinction of being the first woman elected to serve in the United States Senate. She ran for President of the United States in the 1964 Republican Party primariy, but lost out to Barry Goldwater. Smith also holds the distinction of being the first Republican to speak out against the tactics of fellow Senator Joseph McCarthy, in her June 1, 1950 address on the floor of the Senate.
Two decades after its inception, the list of Inductees contains an Olympic gold medalist, Joan Benoit, two more United States Senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, and the mother of a Senator, Patricia M. Collins who herself had been mayor of a Maine city. Geneticist Elizabeth S. Russell joined the list, as did the President University of Maine at Presque Isle Nancy H. Hensel. Author and Holocaust survivor Judith Magyar Isaacson has been honored by an induction into the hall of fame. With the 2011 inductees, the hall of fame had honored 35 women for their contributions to Maine and to the female population.
|Name||Image||Birth–Death||Year||Area of achievement||Ref(s)|
|Abrams, Sharon H.Sharon H. Abrams||2004||Executive Director of the Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers in Waterville|||
|Adler, ConnieConnie Adler||2016||Physician and women's health advocate|||
|Barker, SharonSharon Barker||2009||Director University of Maine Women's Resource Center|||
|Brown, Lyn MikelLyn Mikel Brown||(1956– )||2013||Co-founder of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, activist, author, researcher and professor at Colby College|||
|Cathcart, MaryMary Cathcart||(1942– )||2013||Former Maine State Representative and State Senator; co-director of Maine NEW Leadership program of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center|||
|Collins, Patricia M.Patricia M. Collins||2005||Mayor of Caribou (1981–1982), chairman of Maine Committee for Judicial Responsibility and Disability, and Catholic Charities Maine|||
|Collins, SusanSusan Collins||(1952–)||2011||United States Senate|||
|Crandall, Elizabeth W.Elizabeth W. Crandall||1996||Environmentalist, woman's issues advocate|
|Dyer, Linda SmithLinda Smith Dyer||(d. 2001)||2001||Co-founder of Maine Women's Lobby|||
|Farrar, MaryMary Farrar||2012||Victims' advocate|
|Fortman, LauraLaura Fortman||2007||Deputy Administrator, Wage and Hour Division U. S. Dept. of Labor; former Executive Director of the Frances Perkins Center|||
|Gammon, Ethel WilsonEthel Wilson Gammon||(1916-2009)||1997||Founder, Washburn-Norlands Living History Center|||
|Gentile, Caroline D.Caroline D. Gentile||(1924–2008)||2000||Physical education instructor|||
|Golden, Ellen F.Ellen F. Golden||2015||Senior Vice President at CEI (Coastal Enterprises, Inc.)|||
|Healy, Dorothy M.Dorothy M. Healy||(1904–1990)||1993||College professor who, along with professor Grace A. Dow, established the Maine Women's Writers Collection; namesake of the Dorothy M. Healy Professorship at the University of New England|||
|Heck, KarenKaren Heck||(b. 1952)||2008||Advocate for women's issues|
|Hensel, Nancy H.Nancy H. Hensel||2003||President University of Maine at Presque Isle|||
|Isaacson, Judith MagyarJudith Magyar Isaacson||(1925–2015)||2004||Holocaust survivor, human rights activist, author of Seed of Sarah: Memoirs of a Survivor|
|Kalikow, Theodora J.Theodora J. Kalikow||(1941–)||2002||President, University of Maine at Farmington|||
|Knudsen, Chilton R.Chilton R. Knudsen||2006||Bishop of Maine, Episcopal Church|||
|Lachance, Laurie G.Laurie G. Lachance||2014||First woman president of Thomas College|||
|Laughlin, Gail H.Gail H. Laughlin||(1868–1952)||1991||First practicing female attorney from Maine, first president of Business and Professional Women's Foundation, served in both the Maine House of Representatives and Maine State Senate|
|Lockhart, Ruth L.Ruth L. Lockhart||2012||Women's health advocate, women's rights activist, AIDS educator|
|McCormick, DaleDale McCormick||(1947–)||2007||Former Maine State Treasurer, served in Maine State Senate|||
|Mitchell, Elizabeth H.Elizabeth H. Mitchell||(1940– )||1999||Maine State Senate|||
|Musgrave, Katherine O.Katherine O. Musgrave||(1920–2015)||2011||Professor Emerita of Food and Nutrition at the University of Maine; 2002 New England University Continuing Education Association Faculty Member of the Year Award|||
|Nardone, Gilda E.Gilda E. Nardone||1991||Director of Maine Displaced Homemakers Program|
|Paradis, Judy AyotteJudy Ayotte Paradis||(1944– )||2005||Maine House of Representatives|
|Pingree, ChellieChellie Pingree||(1955– )||2001||United States House of Representatives|||
|Reckitt, Lois GalgayLois Galgay Reckitt||(1944– )||1998||Executive Director, Family Crisis Services, Portland, Maine|||
|Runnals, Ninetta MayNinetta May Runnals||(1885-1980)||1992||Dean of Women at Colby College|||
|Russell, Elizabeth S.Elizabeth S. Russell||(1913–2001)||1991||Geneticist|||
|Ryan, Patricia E.Patricia E. Ryan||2014||Executive director of the Maine Human Rights Commission and a founding member of the Maine Women's Lobby|
|Samuelson, Joan BenoitJoan Benoit Samuelson||(1957–)||2000||American marathon runner who won gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics|||
|Saxl, Elizabeth WardElizabeth Ward Saxl||2016||Advocate for victims and survivors of sexual assault|||
|Schrumpf, Mildred BrownMildred Brown Schrumpf||(1903–2001)||1997||Home economist, nutritionist|||
|Smith, Margaret ChaseMargaret Chase Smith||(1897–1995)||1990||United States Senate, United States House of Representatives|||
|Snowe, Olympia J.Olympia J. Snowe||(1947–)||1999||United States Senate|||
|Stevens, MartiMarti Stevens||(d. 1993)||1996||Theatre director, actress, director of Somerset County Basic Skills|||
|Swain, Thelma C.Thelma C. Swain||(1908–2008)||2010||Philanthropist|||
|Vitelli, EloiseEloise Vitelli||(1949– )||1995||Founded Women's Business Development Corporation, advocate for entrepreneurship for women|||
|Wadsworth, Mabel SineMabel Sine Wadsworth||(1910–2006)||1990||Birth control activist|||
|Whitehouse, Florence BrooksFlorence Brooks Whitehouse||(1869–1945)||2008||Women's suffrage|||
|Wood, Esther E.Esther E. Wood||(1905-2002)||1994||Writer, teacher, historian|||
|Woodlee, Barbara W.Barbara W. Woodlee||2015||Retired president of Kennebec Valley Community College; chief academic officer for the Maine Community College System|||
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