Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame

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Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame was established in 1982 by Oklahoma Governor George Nigh "to honor Oklahoma women who are pioneers in their field or in a project that benefits Oklahoma; who have made a significant contribution to the State of Oklahoma; who serve or have served as role models to other Oklahoma women; who may be "unsung heroes," but have made a difference in the lives of Oklahomans or Americans because of their actions; who have championed other women, women's issues, or served as public policy advocates for the issues important to women; and who exemplify the Oklahoma spirit." [1]

The Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame is one of several events sponsored by the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women to support its mission, "To improve the quality of life for women, children and families in Oklahoma." [2]

Eligibility requirements[edit]

And shall include:

  • Women who are pioneers in their field or in a project that benefits Oklahoma.
  • Women who have made a significant contribution to the State of Oklahoma.
  • Women who serve or have served as role models to other Oklahoma women.
  • Women who may be "unsung heroes" but have made a difference in the lives of Oklahomans or Americans because of their actions.
  • Women who have championed other women, women's issues, or served as public policy advocates for the issues important to women.
  • Women who exemplify the Oklahoma spirit.[3]

Inductees[edit]

Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame
Name Image Birth–Death Year Area of achievement Ref(s)
Atkins, Hannah DiggsHannah Diggs Atkins (1923–2010) 1982 First African-American woman elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives (1968 – 1980) [4]
Barnard, KateKate Barnard Katebarnard.jpg (1875–1930) 1982 First woman elected to statewide office by a male-only electorate [5]
Brooks, JuneJune Brooks (1924–2010) 1982 Oil lobbyst [6]
Farley, Gloria StewartGloria Stewart Farley (1916–2006) 1982 Author, historian [7]
Larch-Miller, AloysiusAloysius Larch-Miller Aloysius Larch-Miller.jpg (1886–1920) 1982 Suffragist [7]
Peters, Susan RyanSusan Ryan Peters (1873–1965) 1982 Founded the Kiowa Indian School of Art [7]
Salmon, ChristineChristine Salmon (1916–1985) 1982 Architect [7]
Wallace, Edyth ThomasEdyth Thomas Wallace (1880–1975) 1982 Newspaper columnist and radio disc jockey [7]
Breaux, Zelia N.Zelia N. Breaux (1880–1956) 1983 Organized the first music department at Oklahoma's Langston University and the school's first orchestra [7]
Frank, KateKate Frank (1890–1982) 1983 First woman president of the Oklahoma Education Association [7]
Mitchell, LeonaLeona Mitchell (b. 1949) 1983 African-American and Chickasaw operatic soprano [8]
Pitts, JeanJean Pitts (b. 1945) 1983 Cardiovascular surgeon and medical researcher [7]
Stout, JuanitaJuanita Stout (1919 –1998) 1983 First African-American woman elected to any judgeship in the United States and the first to serve on the Supreme Court of any state [7]
Wilson, AlmaAlma Wilson (1917 –1999) 1983 First woman to serve on the Oklahoma Supreme Court and its first woman as chief justice, [9]
Debo, AngieAngie Debo (1890 –1988) 1984 Historian who focused on Native Americans [10]
Kirkpatrick, JeaneJeane Kirkpatrick Od jeane-kirkpatrick-official-portrait 1-255x301.jpg (1926 –2006) 1984 Professor, diplomat, political activist [11]
Mann, Jewell RussellJewell Russell Mann (1903 –1987) 1984 Feminist activist who was instrumental in amending the state constitution to allow women to hold elective office in Oklahoma [7]
Patterson, Zella J.Zella J. Patterson (1909 –1986) 1984 Head of the Home Economics Department at Langston University [7]
Axton, Mae BorenMae Boren Axton (1914 –1997) 1985 The woman who wrote Heartbreak Hotel; songwriter, promoter, mother of Hoyt Axton [12]
Benson, June TompkinsJune Tompkins Benson (1915 –1981) 1985 First woman mayor in Oklahoma [7]
Olson, PamPam Olson 1985 News journalist, CNN White House correspondent [13]
Price, Betty DurhamBetty Durham Price 1985 Visual arts preservationist [7]
Teague, Bertha FrankBertha Frank Teague (1898 –1991) 1985 Basketball coach; She established the first girls' basketball clinic in the Southwest [14]
Cohen, Sara RuthSara Ruth Cohen (1920 –1986) 1986 Activist for the arts in the Jewish community [7]
Cravens, VinitaVinita Cravens (1909 –1994) 1986 Stage productions promoter [7]
Hall, Rubye HiblerRubye Hibler Hall (1912 –2003) 1986 First African-American appointed to the State Regents for Higher Education [7]
Holmes, Elizabeth Ann McCurdyElizabeth Ann McCurdy Holmes 1986 Continuing Education and Public Service at the University of Oklahoma [7]
Hudlin, Grace ElizabethGrace Elizabeth Hudlin (1908 –1995) 1986 Political activist and first woman to head an electric cooperative in Oklahoma [7]
Mankiller, WilmaWilma Mankiller WilmaMankillerByPhilKonstantin.jpg (1945 –2010) 1986 First woman elected chief of the Cherokees [15]
Phelps, Edna MaeEdna Mae Phelps (1920 –2001) [7] 1986 First woman to serve on the Oklahoma State Election Board
Pittman, Evelyn La RueEvelyn La Rue Pittman 1104630 quarter.jpg (1910 –1992) 1986 Author, composer, choral director, producer, and music educator [7]
Cox, MarieMarie Cox (d. 1994) 1993 Founded the North American Indian Women's Association [7]
Hill, AnitaAnita Hill Anita Hill at Harvard Law School Sep 2014.jpg (b. 1956) 1993 Attorney and academic [16]
Larkin, MoscelyneMoscelyne Larkin (1925 –2012) 1993 Native American ballerina [17]
Longacre, JacqulynJacqulyn Longacre (b. 1932) 1993 Executive Director of Planned Parenthood [7]
Lucid, ShannonShannon Lucid ShannonLucid.jpeg (b. 1943) 1993 Biochemist, astronaut [18]
Luper, ClaraClara Luper (1923 –2011) 1993 Civic leader, civil rights activist [19]
Wadkins, Opaline DeverauxOpaline Deveraux Wadkins (1912 –2000) 1993 First African American nurse to earn a master's degree from the University of Oklahoma [7]
Woodrum, PatPat Woodrum 1993 Executive Director of the Tulsa City-County Library System [7]
Feldman, NancyNancy Feldman (1922 –2014) 1995 Civil rights activist [7]
Gardner-Anderson, Barbara J.Barbara J. Gardner-Anderson 1995 First woman to chair the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce [7]
Jones, Ruthe BlalockRuthe Blalock Jones Ruthe blalock jones.jpg (b. 1939) 1995 Delaware-Shawnee Native American artist and Director Emeritus and Associate Professor of Art at Bacone College [20]
Lambird, Mona SalyerMona Salyer Lambird (1938 –1999) 1995 First woman president of the Oklahoma Bar Association and the first woman elected to the Board of Governors of the Oklahoma Bar Association [7]
Langdon, Gloria GraceGloria Grace Langdon (1927 –2003) 1995 Tonkawa News publisher [7]
Mitchell, BerniceBernice Mitchell (b. 1939) 1995 First African American woman to be elected as County Commissioner in Payne County, Oklahoma [7]
Nigh, DonnaDonna Nigh (b. 1933) 1995 First Lady of the State of Oklahoma [7]
Boyd, BettyBetty Boyd Betty Boyd.jpg (1924 –2011) 1996 Pioneer woman journalist [7]
Fisher, Ada Lois SipuelAda Lois Sipuel Fisher (1924 –1995) 1996 Civil rights activist [21]
Foreman, LelaLela Foreman 1996 Civil rights activist [7]
Ingraham, SandySandy Ingraham (b. 1947) 1996 Child Advocate of the Decade [7]
Males, LorenaLorena Males (1909 –2006) 1996 Community activist [7]
Shedrick, BerniceBernice Shedrick Bernice Shedrick.jpg (b. 1940) 1996 Attorney, judge, state legislator [7]
Wynn, Valree FletcherValree Fletcher Wynn (b. 1922) 1996 Professor Emeritus at Cameron University; first African American to teach at Lawton High School, to teach at Cameron University, and to serve on the Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges. [7]
Baker, Isabel KeithIsabel Keith Baker (b. 1929) 1997 Oklahoma State University Board of Regents [7]
Bost, Jessie ThatcherJessie Thatcher Bost (1875 –1963) 1997 First woman to graduate from a university in Oklahoma [22]
Eagleton, NormaNorma Eagleton (b. 1934) 1997 Finance and Revenue Commissioner; Board of Regents for Rogers State College [7]
Goebel, KayKay Goebel (b. 1929) 1997 Community activist [7]
Hardman, RuthRuth Hardman (1914 –2005) 1997 Philanthropist, [7]
Horse, BeverlyBeverly Horse 1997 Human rights activist [7]
McKerson, MazolaMazola McKerson (1921 –2014) 1997 First African-American and first female to serve on the Ardmore City Council; first African-American female mayor of Ardmore; first chair of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women [7]
Williams, PennyPenny Williams Penny Williams.jpg (b. 1937) 1997 State legislator [7]
Askins, JariJari Askins Jari Askins.jpg (b. 1953) 2001 Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma [23]
Bellmon, ShirleyShirley Bellmon (1927 –2000) 2001 First Lady of the State of Oklahoma [7]
DeWitty, Dorothy MosesDorothy Moses DeWitty (b. 1926) 2001 First African-American woman president of the League of Women Voters [7]
Garrett, SandySandy Garrett (b. 1943) 2001 First woman elected Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction [7]
Jones, LynnLynn Jones 2001 Police woman, developed the first Officers’ Street Survival course in Oklahoma [7]
Kauger, YvonneYvonne Kauger (b. 1947) 2001 Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court 1997-1998 [24]
Tarbel, Jill ZinkJill Zink Tarbel (d. 2009) 2001 Advocate for disabled persons, trustee for the University of Tulsa [7]
Tiger, DanaDana Tiger (b. 1961) 2001 Native American artist [7]
Houser, EstherEsther Houser 2003 State Long-Term Care Ombudsman in the Aging Services Division of the Department of Human Services [7]
Miles-LaGrange, VickiVicki Miles-LaGrange LaGrange.jpg (b. 1953) 2003 First woman U.S. Attorney in Oklahoma [25]
Morrissey, LindaLinda Morrissey (b. 1953) 2003 Tulsa County District Judge [7]
Schusterman, LynnLynn Schusterman (b. 1939) 2003 Philanthropist, president of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation [7]
Shirley, DonnaDonna Shirley (b. 1941) 2003 Aerospace engineer, head of the Mars Exploration Program in 1994 [26]
Bass, Wanda L.Wanda L. Bass (1927 –2008) 2005 Philanthropist [7]
Coats-Ashley, NancyNancy Coats-Ashley (b. 1972) 2005 District Court Judge for Oklahoma County [7]
Fallin, MaryMary Fallin Mary Fallin.jpg (n. 1954) 2005 Governor of Oklahoma [27]
McColgin, Amelia Elizabeth SimisonAmelia Elizabeth Simison McColgin (1875 –1972) 2005 First woman elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives [28]
Rhea, JeanineJeanine Rhea 2005 Professor Emeritus in the Department of Management at Oklahoma State University [7]
Seymour, Stephanie KulpStephanie Kulp Seymour (b. 1940) 2005 First female Chief Judge of the Tenth Circuit [7]
Coale, SherriSherri Coale Sherri Coale.JPG (b. 1965) 2007 Head coach of the University of Oklahoma Sooners [7]
Creveling, GinnyGinny Creveling 2007 Community activist [7]
Hibler, Joe AnnaJoe Anna Hibler (b. 1939) 2007 First woman president of Southwestern Oklahoma State University [7]
Horner, MaxineMaxine Horner Maxine Horner.jpg (b. 1933) 2007 One of the first African American women to serve in the Oklahoma State Senate [7]
Martin, KayKay Martin 2007 Second female Superintendent to lead an Oklahoma Technology Center [7]
Neese, TerryTerry Neese 2007 Entrepreneur, public policy strategist, women's equality advocate [7]
Tarrington, ClaudiaClaudia Tarrington (d. 2003) 2007 Political consultant [7]
Taylor, Carolyn ThompsonCarolyn Thompson Taylor Carolyn Thompson.jpg 2007 State representative, associate professor of political science at Rogers State University [7]
Warrior, DellaDella Warrior 2007 First and only woman to date to serve as the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer for the Otoe-Missouria Tribe [7]
Aragon, RitaRita Aragon Maj Gen Rita Aragon.jpg (b. 1947) 2009 United States Air National Guard two-star general [29]
Edmondson, SuzanneSuzanne Edmondson (b. 1945) 2009 Founder of Friends of Eddie Warrior (FEW) Foundation [7]
Hennessee, EdnaEdna Hennessee (1911 –2011) 2009 Entrepreneur [30]
Henry, KimKim Henry 2009 First Lady of the State of Oklahoma [7]
Looney, Mirabeau LamarMirabeau Lamar Looney (1871 –1935) 2009 First woman member of the Oklahoma Senate [31]
Savage, SusanSusan Savage (b. 1952) 2009 First woman mayor of Tulsa [7]
Whitener, CarolynCarolyn Whitener 2009 1970s sexual discrimination lawsuit [7]
Boyd, LauraLaura Boyd (b. 1949) 2011 Oklahoma state representative; first woman nominee for Governor of Oklahoma [32]
Brown, ChloeChloe Brown 2011 Founded The Chloe House transition home for women [32]
Culbreath, JoyJoy Culbreath 2011 Executive Director of all Choctaw Nation Education Service [32]
Mitchell, MarciaMarcia Mitchell 2011 Founded The Little Light House faith-based mission to assist children with a wide range of developmental disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy [32]
Moore, ArdinaArdina Moore (b. 1930) 2011 Preservationist for the Quapaw language [32]
Ross, CindyCindy Ross 2011 First female president of Cameron University [32]
Taylor, KathyKathy Taylor (b. 1935) 2011 Mayor of Tulsa [32]
Thompson, Helen HarrodHelen Harrod Thompson 2011 Co-creator of the Family Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence in Ardmore [32]
Blackburn, IdaIda Blackburn 2013 Television personality, public relations [33]
Dodd, ElaineElaine Dodd 2013 Law enforcement [33]
Kerr, LouLou Kerr 2013 Businesswoman [33]
Watkins, TerriTerri Watkins 2013 Investigative journalist [33]
Miller, NancyNancy Miller 2013 Television producer [33]
Haneborg, LindaLinda Haneborg 2013 Political activist, businesswoman [33]
Harris, LaDonnaLaDonna Harris (b. 1931) 2015 Comanche activist [34]
Mélon, MaryMary Mélon 2015 Newspaper publisher; The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools [35]
Paden, MarionMarion Paden 2015 Oklahoma Community City College [35]
Parks, ThelmaThelma Parks 2015 Civil rights [35]
Paul, RamonaRamona Paul 2015 Education [35]
Roloff, PattyPatty Roloff 2015 Owner Oklahoma City 89ers [35]
Scaramucci, AvisAvis Scaramucci 2015 Entrepreneur [35]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame website
  2. ^ OCSW website
  3. ^ Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame Guidelines
  4. ^ Haskins (1999), pp. 5-6
  5. ^ Martin (1999), p. 2
  6. ^ "June Brooks obituary". The Oklahoman. September 1, 2010. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq "Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame". Oklahoma State University. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  8. ^ Pittman, Kitty. "Leona Pearl Mitchell". Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma History Center. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  9. ^ Wilson, Linda D. "Alma Bell Wilson". Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma History Center. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  10. ^ Berson (1994), pp. 87-94
  11. ^ Nolan (1997), pp. 219-226
  12. ^ Burke, Bob. "Mae Boren Axton". Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma History Center. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Women in Journalism Roundtable". Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma History Center. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  14. ^ Straughn, Kay. "Bertha Frank Teague". Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma History Center. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  15. ^ Wilson, Linda D. "Wilma Pearl Mankiller". Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma History Center. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  16. ^ Armstrong, Connie G. "Anita Hill". Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma History Center. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  17. ^ Foster, Toni Annette. "Moscelyne Larkin". Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma History Center. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  18. ^ Moore, Bill. "Shannon Matilda Wells Lucid". Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma History Center. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  19. ^ Decker, Stefanie Lee. "Clara Shepard Luper". Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma History Center. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  20. ^ Everett, Dianna. "Ruthe Blalock Jones". Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma History Center. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  21. ^ Hall, Melvin C. "Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher". Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma History Center. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  22. ^ Wilson, Linda D. "Jessie Thatcher Olive Bost". Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma History Center. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  23. ^ "50 Making a Difference Profile: Jari Askins, State of Oklahoma". The Journal Record. Dolan Media Company – via Questia (subscription required). September 21, 2007. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Justice Yvonne Kauger". The Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  25. ^ Decker, Stephanie. "Vicki Miles-LaGrange". Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma History Center. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  26. ^ Moore, Bill. "Donna Shirley". Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma History Center. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  27. ^ Wilson, Linda D. "Mary Fallin". Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma History Center. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  28. ^ Pappas, Christine. "Amelia Elizabeth "Bessie" Simison McColgin". Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma History Center. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Major General LaRita A. "Rita" Aragon". Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma History Center. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  30. ^ Wilson, Linda D. "Edna Miller Hessessee". Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma History Center. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  31. ^ Pappas, Christine. "Lamar Looney". Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma History Center. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  32. ^ a b c d e f g h "2011 Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame". Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. State of Oklahoma. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  33. ^ a b c d e f McNutt, Michael (April 12, 2013). "Six join Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame". NewsOK. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  34. ^ Fluharty, Sterling. "LaDonna Vita Tabbytite Harris". Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma History Center. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  35. ^ a b c d e f "Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony April 9". The Daily Ardmorette. Gatehouse Media, Inc. March 31, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 

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