Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame

The Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame is a non-profit, volunteer organization that recognizes women who have contributed to history of the U.S. state of Arkansas.

Hattie Caraway 1914
Hattie Caraway, first woman elected as a United States Senator
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 2010-09-28
Hillary Clinton Secretary of State, 2010
Betty Bumpers was pictured with Bill Clinton and Dale Bumpers 1999
Betty Bumpers, Arkansas first lady, 1999

History

The organization was founded and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2014 to recognize women's contributions and impact upon the state of Arkansas. It was formed as a partnership between the Arkansas Business Publishing Group and the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.[1] An eleven-member board was developed to create a permanent location for the Hall of Fame and a sustained tribute to the women who have helped to build the state. Until a permanent facility is built, the plans call for a statewide traveling exhibit on the inductees.[2] The inaugural group of women, inducted on 27 August 2015, included 11 women and one organization, the Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools and were selected from public nominations of 73 potential candidates.[3]

Criteria

The criteria for induction into the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame is that women were born in and achieved recognition within the state; are or have been a resident in Arkansas for an extended period of time and achieved prominence within the state; or were born in or lived in Arkansas for a significant period of time and achieved prominence elsewhere. Additional criteria:

  • Made significant and enduring contributions to their field, whether professional or not;
  • Made improvements to the cultural, economic, political or social status of their community, the state or the nation;
  • Elevated the status of women and/or girls;
  • Helped open new frontiers for women and the general society;
  • Were inspirational role models.[4]

Inductees

The hall inducts new members annually and includes both contemporary and historical women or organizations which benefit women.[4]

Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame
Name Image Birth–Death Year Area of achievement
Mary Ann Arnold (1927–) 2015 first female mayor of Marked Tree, Arkansas, President of agribusiness and communications firm E. Ritter & Co[5]
Daisy Bates (1914–1999) 2015 American civil rights activist, Little Rock Integration Crisis planner[6]
Betty Bumpers Betty Bumpers was pictured with Bill Clinton and Dale Bumpers 1999 (1925–) 2015 former Arkansas first lady who led a statewide childhood immunization program[7]
Hattie Caraway HattieCarawayPortrait (1878–1950) 2015 first woman elected to serve in the United States Senate[8]
Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton official Secretary of State portrait crop (1947–) 2015 former Arkansas first lady, first lady of the United States, U.S. senator from New York, and U.S. Secretary of State[9]
Hester Davis (1930–2014) 2015 State Archaeologist with the Arkansas Archaeological Survey[10]
Roberta Fulbright (1874–1953) 2015 Newspaper publisher and women's rights advocate; mother of United States Senator J. William Fulbright[11]
Mary Good Mary Lowe Good - ACS2004 crop (1931–) 2015 Founding Dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology (E.I.T.) at the University of Arkansas Little Rock[12]
Johnelle Hunt (1939–) 2015 co-founder and former Board Member of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.[13]
Edith Jones (1927–) 2015 first African American to attend and to graduate from the University of Arkansas Medical School, first female president of the National Medical Association[14]
Alice Walton Alice Walton (cropped) (1949–) 2015 WalMart heiress and founder of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art[15]
Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools 2015 WEC
Betty Ann Lowe (1934–2013) 2016 pediatrician and educator[16]
Bettye Caldwell (1924–2016) 2016 educator and academic[17]
Cathy Cunningham 2016 community development advocate[18]
Kay Kelley Arnold 2016 community activist[19]
Lottie Shackelford 2016 politician, mayor of Little Rock[20]
Jocelyn Elders Joycelyn Elders official photo portrait (1933–) 2016 former Surgeon General of the United States[21]
Patti Upton 2016 Founder and former CEO of decorative fragrance company Aromatique[22]
Pat Walker (1919–2016) 2016 philanthropist[23][24]
Religious Sisters of Mercy of the Americas 2016 [25]
Maya Angelou (1928–2004) 2017 Poet [26]
June B. Freeman 2017 Architect[27]
Ruth Hawkins 2017 Historic preservation[28]
Brinda J. Jackson 2017 Architect[29]
Bernice Jones (1905–) 2017 Philanthropist[30]
Pat Lile 2017 President and CEO of the Arkansas Community Foundation, Inc.[31]
Elsijane Trimble Roy (1916–2007) 2017 Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court and a United States federal judge[32]
Joanna Seibert 2017 Pediatric Radiology[33]
Dorothy Stuck 2017 Civil rights[34]
Olivetan Benedictine Sisters 2017 Established St. Bernards Hospital and Regional Medical Center[35]
Caroline F. Blakely 2018 Chancellor emeritus at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff[36]
Karen Flake 2018 President and CEO of Mount St. Mary Academy, Little RockMount St. Mary Academy[37]
Sue Griffin 2018 Editor in Chief Journal of Neuroinflamattion[38]
Raye Montague Raye Montague in 2017 (1935–2018 2018 US Navy engineer and graphics designer[39]
Bessie Boehm Moore (1935–2018) 2018 Educator, civic leader, helped create the first public library in Pine Bluff.[40]
Florence Beatrice Smith Price (1887–1953) 2018 Musical composer[41]
Mary Steenburgen MarySteenburgenDec09 2018 Actress[42]
Annabelle Davis Clinton Imber Tuck 2018 First woman elected to the Arkansas Supreme Court[43]
Women’s Foundation of Arkansas 2018 The only foundation in the state focusing solely on women and girls.[44]

References

  1. ^ "Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame Inducts Inaugural Class". Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas News. August 28, 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  2. ^ Lyon, John (April 22, 2015). "Organizers Seek Nominations For Arkansas Women's Hall Of Fame". Ft. Smith, Arkansas: Times Record. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  3. ^ Lyon, John (June 22, 2015). "Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame names first inductees". North Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas News Bureau. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame Announces Inaugural Inductees". North Little Rock, Arkansas: North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. June 22, 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Mary Ann Ritter Arnold". Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Daisy Gatson Bates". Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Betty Bumpers". Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Hattie Caraway". Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Hillary Rodham Clinton". Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  10. ^ "Hester Ashmead Davis". Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  11. ^ "Roberta Waugh Fulbright". Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Mary L. Good". Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Johnelle Hunt". Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Edith Irby Jones". Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  15. ^ "Alice Walton". Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
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  24. ^ "Philanthropist Pat Walker, co-founder of Pat and Willard Walker Charitable Foundation, has died - Talk Business & Politics". Talk Business & Politics. 2016-09-04. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
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  26. ^ "Maya Angelou". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  27. ^ "June B. Freeman". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  28. ^ "Ruth Hawkins". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  29. ^ "Brinda J. Jackson, R.A., PMP". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  30. ^ "Bernice Young Jones". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  31. ^ "Pat Lile". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  32. ^ "The Honorable Elsijane Trimble Roy". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  33. ^ "Dr. Joanna Seibert". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  34. ^ "Dorothy Stuck". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  35. ^ "Olivetan Benedictine Sisters". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
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  37. ^ "Karen Flake". Mount St. Mary Academy. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  38. ^ "Journal of Neuroinflammation". Journal of Neuroinflammation. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  39. ^ "Raye Jean Jordan Montague (1935–2018)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  40. ^ "Bessie Grace Boehm Moore". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  41. ^ "Florence Beatrice Smith Price". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  42. ^ "Mary Nell Steenburgen". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  43. ^ "Annabelle Davis Clinton Imber Tuck". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  44. ^ "Women's Foundation of Arkansas". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 31, 2019.

Further reading

  • Stuck, Dorothy D.; Snow, Nan (1997). Roberta A Most Remarkable Fulbright. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press. ISBN 978-1-55728-460-0.
  • White, Nancy Marie; Marrinan, Rochelle A.; Sullivan, Lynne P. (1999). Grit-Tempered: Early Women Archaeologists in the Southeastern United States. Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida. ISBN 978-0-8130-1686-3.
  • Williams, Nancy A.; Whayne, Jeannie M. (2000). Arkansas Biography A Collection of Notable Lives. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press. ISBN 1-55728-587-X.

External links

Alice Walton

Alice Louise Walton (born October 7, 1949) is an heiress to the fortune of Walmart Inc. She is the daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton and Helen Walton, and sister of S. Robson Walton, Jim Walton and the late John T. Walton.

In September 2016, she was reported to own over US$11 billion in Walmart shares. As of April 2019, she was ranked as the 18th-richest person in the world and the second richest woman (behind L'Oreal heiress Francoise Bettencourt-Myers), with an estimated net worth of $45 billion.

Edith Irby Jones

Edith Irby Jones (born December 23, 1927) is an American physician who was the first African American to be accepted as a non-segregated student at the University of Arkansas Medical School and the first black student to attend racially mixed classes in the American South. She was the first African American to graduate from a southern medical school, first black intern in the state of Arkansas, and later first black intern at Baylor College of Medicine. Jones was the first woman president of the National Medical Association. She has been honored by many awards, including induction into both the University of Arkansas College of Medicine Hall of Fame and the inaugural group of women inducted into the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame.

Hester A. Davis

Hester A. Davis (1930-2014) was an American archaeologist. Arkansas' first State Archaeologist, she was instrumental in creating national public policy and conservancy standards for cultural preservation as well as developing professional and ethical standards for archaeologists. She was the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including two distinguished service awards and induction into the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame.

List of first women lawyers and judges in Arkansas

This is a list of the first women lawyer(s) and judge(s) in Arkansas. It includes the year in which the women were admitted to practice law (in parentheses). Also included are women who achieved other distinctions such becoming the first in their state to obtain a law degree or become a political figure.

Lottie Shackelford

Lottie H. Shackelford is an African-American politician, who became the first woman to be appointed Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas in 1987. In 1993, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) by President Bill Clinton , making her the first African American woman to serve in that capacity. She has also served as a Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for 20 years, making her the longest serving holder of this post.

Raye Montague

Raye Jean Montague (née Jordan; January 21, 1935 – October 10, 2018) was an American naval engineer credited with creating the first computer-generated rough draft of a U.S. naval ship. She was the first female program manager of ships in the United States Navy.

Roberta Fulbright

Roberta Fulbright (1874–1953) was an American businesswoman who consolidated her husband's business enterprises and became an influential newspaper publisher, editor and journalist. She used her paper to push civic responsibility and women's rights. Fulbright was the 1946 Arkansas Mother of the Year, a co-founder of the Arkansas Newspaper Women (now known as the Arkansas Press Women), and was posthumously inducted into the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame in its inaugural group of honorees.

Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools

The Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools (WEC) was an organization formed by a group of socially prominent white women in the city of Little Rock, Arkansas during the Little Rock Crisis in 1958. The organization advocated for the integration of the Little Rock public school system and was a major obstacle to Governor Orval Faubus's efforts to prevent racial integration. The women spoke out in favor of a special election to remove segregationists from the Little Rock school board.

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