Maine Women's Hall of Fame

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Maine Women's Hall of Fame
Eleanor Roosevelt and Margaret Chase Smith on Face the Nation in Washington Washington, D.C - NARA - 195998.jpg
Eleanor Roosevelt and Margaret Chase Smith
Established 1990
Location Bernard D. Katz Library
University of Maine
46 University Drive
Augusta, Maine 04330
Coordinates 44°20′34″N 69°47′44″W / 44.342902°N 69.795604°W / 44.342902; -69.795604Coordinates: 44°20′34″N 69°47′44″W / 44.342902°N 69.795604°W / 44.342902; -69.795604
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]

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.

Inductees[edit]

Maine Women's Hall of Fame
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 [2]
Adler, ConnieConnie Adler 2016 Physician and women's health advocate [3]
Barker, SharonSharon Barker 2009 Director University of Maine Women's Resource Center [4]
Brown, Lyn MikelLyn Mikel Brown (1956– ) 2013 Co-founder of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, activist, author, researcher and professor at Colby College [5]
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 [6]
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 [7]
Collins, SusanSusan Collins Sen Susan Collins official.jpg (1952–) 2011 United States Senate [8]
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 [9]
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 [10]
Gammon, Ethel WilsonEthel Wilson Gammon (1916-2009) 1997 Founder, Washburn-Norlands Living History Center [11]
Gentile, Caroline D.Caroline D. Gentile (1924–2008) 2000 Physical education instructor [12]
Golden, Ellen F.Ellen F. Golden 2015 Senior Vice President at CEI (Coastal Enterprises, Inc.) [13]
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 [14]
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 [15]
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 [16]
Knudsen, Chilton R.Chilton R. Knudsen 2006 Bishop of Maine, Episcopal Church [17]
Lachance, Laurie G.Laurie G. Lachance 2014 First woman president of Thomas College [18]
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 [19]
Mitchell, Elizabeth H.Elizabeth H. Mitchell (1940– ) 1999 Maine State Senate [20]
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 [21]
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 Chellie Pingree official photo.jpg (1955– ) 2001 United States House of Representatives [22]
Reckitt, Lois GalgayLois Galgay Reckitt (1944– ) 1998 Executive Director, Family Crisis Services, Portland, Maine [23]
Runnals, Ninetta MayNinetta May Runnals (1885-1980) 1992 Dean of Women at Colby College [24]
Russell, Elizabeth S.Elizabeth S. Russell ElizabethShullRussell.jpg (1913–2001) 1991 Geneticist [25]
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 Joan Benoit 2008.jpg (1957–) 2000 American marathon runner who won gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics [26]
Saxl, Elizabeth WardElizabeth Ward Saxl 2016 Advocate for victims and survivors of sexual assault [27]
Schrumpf, Mildred BrownMildred Brown Schrumpf (1903–2001) 1997 Home economist, nutritionist [28]
Smith, Margaret ChaseMargaret Chase Smith Margaret Chase Smith.jpg (1897–1995) 1990 United States Senate, United States House of Representatives [29]
Snowe, Olympia J.Olympia J. Snowe Olympia Snowe official photo 2010 edit.jpg (1947–) 1999 United States Senate [30]
Stevens, MartiMarti Stevens (d. 1993) 1996 Theatre director, actress, director of Somerset County Basic Skills [31]
Swain, Thelma C.Thelma C. Swain (1908–2008) 2010 Philanthropist [32]
Vitelli, EloiseEloise Vitelli (1949– ) 1995 Founded Women's Business Development Corporation, advocate for entrepreneurship for women [33]
Wadsworth, Mabel SineMabel Sine Wadsworth (1910–2006) 1990 Birth control activist [34]
Whitehouse, Florence BrooksFlorence Brooks Whitehouse (1869–1945) 2008 Women's suffrage [35]
Wood, Esther E.Esther E. Wood (1905-2002) 1994 Writer, teacher, historian [36]
Woodlee, Barbara W.Barbara W. Woodlee 2015 Retired president of Kennebec Valley Community College; chief academic officer for the Maine Community College System [37]

Further reading[edit]

  • Isaacson, Judith Magyar (1990). Seeds of Sarah, Memoirs of a Survivor (2nd ed.). University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-01651-6. 

Citations[edit]

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  10. ^ "Laura A. Fortman". United States Department of Labor. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  11. ^ "In Memoriam". Washburn Norlands Living History Center. Washburn Norlands Living History Center. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Caroline D. Gentile obituary". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  13. ^ "CEI’s Ellen Golden Inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame". Coastal Enterprises, Inc. March 19, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  14. ^ Tuttle, Jennifer S (Spring 2010). "The Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England". Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources. Board of Regents, University of Wisconsin System – via Questia (subscription required). 31 (1–2): 21. Retrieved February 5, 2016. "Dorothy M. Healy Professorship". University of New England. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Honorees: Dr. Nancy Hensel". University of Maine at Augusta. 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 
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  17. ^ Ritter, Rick (May 12, 2015). "Episcopal Diocese Announces New Bishop After Cook Ousted". CBS Local Media. CBS Baltimore. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  18. ^ Swinconeck, John (March 3, 2014). "Patricia Ryan being inducted into Women’s Hall of Fame". The Times Record. 
  19. ^ jk, none (March 1980). "Reviewed Work: Against the Grain. A Carpentry Manual for Women by Dale McCormick". Off Our Backs. off our backs, inc. 10 (3): 25. JSTOR 25793340. (Subscription required (help)). 
  20. ^ Boulard, Garry (July–August 2009). "Maine's Main Women: The Success of the State's Two Top Leaders May Have More to Do with Voters' Independent Streak Than It Does with Gender Politics". State Legislatures. National Conference of State Legislatures  – via Questia (subscription required). 35 (7). 
  21. ^ McCrea, Nick (June 22, 2015). "Nutritionist, Maine Women's Hall of Fame Member Katherine Musgrave Dies". McClatchy-Tribune Information Service. Bangor Daily News – via Questia (subscription required). Retrieved February 5, 2016. "Katherine Ogilvie Musgrave". McClatchy-Tribune Information Service. Bangor Daily News – via Questia (subscription required). June 23, 2015. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Chellie Pingree". Biographical Directory. United States Congress. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Lois Galgay Reckitt". United Way of Greater Portland. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Ninetta M. Runnals". A People's History of Colby College. Colby College. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  25. ^ Wayne (2010), pp. 827–828
  26. ^ Woolum (1998), pp. 213–214
  27. ^ "2016 recipients". bpwmefoundation.org. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  28. ^ Oliver, Sandra (March 20, 2011). "'Brownie' biographer reflects on big subject". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  29. ^ Sigerman (2003), pp. 122–125; Ferraro (2006), pp. 20–49; "Margaret Chase Smith: A Declaration of Conscience". Classic Senate Speeches. United States Senate. Retrieved January 10, 2016. 
  30. ^ "Olympia Jean Snowe". Biographical Directory. United States Congress. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  31. ^ Berkowitz (1998), pp. 13–23
  32. ^ "Thelma C. Swain obituary". Bangor Daily News. September 25, 2008. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  33. ^ Brogan, Beth (August 27, 2013). "Democrat Eloise Vitelli Bests Republican Paula Benoit to Claim Bath- Area Senate 19 Seat". McClatchy-Tribune Information Services – via Questia (subscription required). Bangor Daily News. Retrieved January 10, 2016. 
  34. ^ "Mabel (Sine) Wadsworth". Bangor Daily News. September 25, 2008. Retrieved January 10, 2016. 
  35. ^ "Florence Brooks Whitehouse: Helped clear the way for equality for women". March 15, 2008. Bangor Daily News. Retrieved January 10, 2016. 
  36. ^ "Ester Wood books". WorldCat. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  37. ^ Levasseur, Rick (May 24, 2012). "Kennebec Valley Community College President to Retire after 30 Years". McClatchy-Tribune Information Services – via Questia (subscription required). Bangor Daily News. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 

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