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The Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame (OWHOF) was established under the administration of Governor George Nigh in 1982, and is held every other year during odd numbered years. The purpose of the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame shall be to provide highest honor to Oklahoma women who reside in Oklahoma or were former residents of the state, and who provided outstanding service benefiting the lives of women and families in Oklahoma, the nation, or elsewhere in the world.
2022 Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame Nominations are Open!
The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of women is currently seeking nominations for the 2022 inductees to the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame (OWHOF.) The deadline to nominate an individual is Friday, March 4, 2022. The event will be held Friday, April 29, 2022. Nominees who are selected must attend the event. Nominations may be filled out online or mailed to the Commissions office. Once you click on the link below, details are listed on the nomination form.
To be eligible for the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame, nominees must live in Oklahoma or be a former resident of Oklahoma. As a guide for choosing a woman to nominate, consider the following questions.
To be eligible for the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame, nominees must live in Oklahoma or be a former resident of Oklahoma. As a guide for choosing a woman to nominate, consider the following questions:
• What enduring contributions has she made?
• How has she positively elevated the status and positively impacted women and girls?
• Has she helped open new frontiers for women and society in general?
• Is the community/state/nation or world better for the contributions of the nominee?
• Are people in general better because of the accomplishments of the nominee?
• Are women in the state, region, United States and/or world better? Has their status improved or opportunities increased because of the contributions of the nominee?
• Is her particular profession or field better because of the contributions of the nominee?
• Various categories of disciplines, professions or fields may include but are not limited to: Arts, Business, Community Service, Public Service and Sciences.
Current Commissioners of the Commission are not eligible.
The ceremony will include the presentation of the Guardian Award to an Oklahoma elected Offical, and thhe Kate Barnard award to the woman who exemplifies excellence in public service.
To nominate someone for the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame, CLICK HERE
To see a list of all of the OWHOF Inductees, CLICK HERE
To see a list of all of the Guardian Awardee, CLICK HERE
To see a list of all the Kate Barnard Honorees, CLICK HERE
To be listed as a sponsor of the event, CLICK HERE
Inductees: 2019- 1982
2019: The Honorable Noma Gurich, Chief Justice, Oklahoma Supreme Court, Judy Love, Ollie Starr, Helen Freudenberger Holmes, Maj. (USA. Ret.) (Posthumous)
2018: Dr. Susan Chambers, Jane Jayroe Gamble, Joan Gilmore, Willa Johnson, Kay Rhoads,
2017: Linda Cavanaugh, Glenda Love, Pat Potts, Meg Salyer, Rhonda Walters, Edith Kinney Gaylord (Posthumous)
2015: LaDonna Harris, Mary M'elon, Dr. Marion Paden, Thelma Reese Parks, Patty Roloff, Avis Scaramucci, Dr. Ramona Paul (Posthumous)
2013: Ida Blackburn, Elaine Dodd, Linda Haneborg, Lou Kerr, Nancy Miller, Terri Watkin
2011: Dr. Laura Boyd, Minister Chloe L. Brown, Joy D. Culbreath, Marcia J. Mitchell, Ardina R. Moore, Dr. Cynthia S. Ross, Kathryn L. Taylor, Helen Harrod -Thompson
2009: Major General Rita Aragon (Ret.), Suzanne Edmondson, Edna Miller- Hennessee, First Lady Kim Henry, Mirabeau Lamar Cole Looney, Secretary of State Susan Savage, Carolyn Whitener
2007: Sherri Coale, Ginny Creveling, Dr. Joe Anna Hibler, Maxine Horner, Dr. Kay Martin, Terry Neese, Claudia Tarrington, Dr. Carolyn Taylor, Della Warrior
2005 : Wanda L. Bass, Judge Nancy L. Coats, Lieutenant Governor Mary Fallin, Amelia Elizabeth Bessie Simison- McColgin, Jeanine Rhea, Judge Stephanie Kulp- Seymour, Esther Houser, Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange, Linda Morrissey, Lynn Schusterman, Donna Shirley
2001: Jari Askins, Shirley Bellmon, Dorothy Moses DeWitty, Sandy Garrett, Lynn Jones, Yvonne Kauger, Jill Zink Tarbel, Dana Tiger
1997: Isabel Keith Baker, Jessie Thatcher Bost, Norma Eagleton, Kay Goebel, Ruth Hardman, Beverly Horse, Mazola McKerson, Penny Baldwin Williams
1996: Betty Boyd, Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, Lela Foreman, Sandy Ingraham, Lorena Males, Bernice Shedrick, Valree Fletcher Wynn
1995: Nancy Goodman Feldman, Barbara J. Gardner, Ruth Blalock Jones, Mona Salyer Lambird, Gloria Grace Langdon, Bernice Compton Mitchell, Donna Nigh
1993: Marie Cox, Anita Faye Hill, Moscelyne Larkin, Jackie Longacre, Shannon Lucid, Clara Luper, Opaline Deveraux Wadkins, Pat Woodrum
1986: Sara Ruth Cohen, Vinita Cravens, Rubye Hibler Hall, Elizabeth Ann McCurdy Holmes, Grace Elizabeth Hudlin, Wilma P. Mankiller, Edna Mae Phelps, Evelyn La Rue Pittman
1985: Mae Boren Axton, June Tompkins Benson, Pam Olson, Betty Durham Price, Bertha Frank Teague
1984: Angie Debo, Jeane Duane Kirkpatrick, Jewell Russell Mann, Zella J. Patterson
1983: Zelia N. Breaux, Kate Frank, Leona Mitchell, Jean Pitts, Juanita Kidd Stout, Alma Wilson
1982: Hannah Diggs-Atkins, Kate Barnard, June Brooks, Gloria Stewart Farley, Aloysius Larch-Miller, Susie Peters, Christine Salmon, Edyth Thomas Wallace