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The Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame supports the accomplishments and achievements of Arkansas women through an annual selection process, statewide ceremony, and traveling exhibit. The Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame began in 2015 through a partnership between the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas Business Publishing Group of Little Rock (Pulaski County). According to Arkansas News, the chamber’s president and CEO, Terry Hartwick, initiated the partnership and subsequent Hall of Fame after realizing that the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame included mostly men.
Both contemporary (living) and historical (deceased) women are eligible for induction, as long as they were born in Arkansas or lived in Arkansas for an extended period of time. According to the criteria for induction, the nominee should have done the following: made significant and enduring contributions to her field of endeavor, professional or otherwise; impacted the social, cultural, economic, or political well-being of the community, state, or nation; elevated the status of women and positively impacted women and girls; helped open new frontiers for women and for society in general; and inspired others by her example. Nominations for induction can be made by individuals or organizations throughout the state. Individual women may be nominated, as well as a group or class of women mutually involved with an event or movement.
Once nominations are submitted and received, the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame Board appoints a selection committee composed of a diverse group of Arkansas citizens. The selection committee receives nomination materials in the summer, ranks each nominee individually, and holds a meeting to reach a consensus. The 2015 inaugural inductees were chosen from a field of seventy-three nominations.
Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees
Mary Ann Ritter Arnold
Daisy Gatson Bates
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Roberta W. Fulbright
Dr. Mary Good
Dr. Edith Irby Jones
Women’s Emergency Committee
Kay Kelley Arnold
Dr. Bettye Caldwell
Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders
Dr. Betty Ann Lowe
Religious Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
June B. Freeman
Bernice Young Jones
the Olivetan Benedictine Sisters
Judge Elsijane Trimble Roy
Dr. Joanna Seibert
For additional information:
Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame. http://www.arwomenshalloffame.com/ (accessed May 23, 2017).
“Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame Inducts 10 for 2017 Class.” Arkansas Business, May 22, 2017.
http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/117047/arkansas-womens-hall-of-fame-inducts-10-for-2017-class (accessed May 23, 2017).
“Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame Names First Inductees.” Arkansas News, June 22, 2015. http://www.arkansasnews.com/news/arkansas/arkansas-women-s-hall-fame-names-first-inductees (accessed May 23, 2017).
Hosticka, Alex. “Inaugural Inductees Honored at Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame.” Arkansas Business, August 28, 2015.
Last Updated 5/23/2017
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