Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame
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.
The 2020 inauguration ceremony was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, being rescheduled for the following August, when it was rescheduled again for April 2022. Two additional inductees were added for the 2022 celebration.
Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees
|2015||Mary Ann Ritter Arnold
|2016||Kay Kelley Arnold
Dr. Bettye Caldwell
Religious Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
June B. Freeman
Bernice Young Jones
Dr. Joanna Seibert
|2018||Dr. Carolyn F. Blakely
Dr. Sue Griffin
Beta Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
|2022||Dr. Margaret Louise Sirman Clark
Cynthia L. Conger
Junior League of Little Rock
|2023||Sandra Keiser Edwards
Cathy Hastings Owen
Pat Steele Qualls
Women’s Giving Circle
For additional information:
Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame. http://www.arwomenshalloffame.com/ (accessed September 6, 2023).
“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 September 6, 2023).
“Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame Names First Inductees.” Arkansas News, June 22, 2015. https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2015/jun/22/arkansas-women146s-hall-of-fame-names-first/ (accessed September 6, 2023).
Hosticka, Alex. “Inaugural Inductees Honored at Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame.” Arkansas Business, August 28, 2015.
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