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Pioneer Women

The Pioneer Woman winners are exemplary Kansas women who have made historic contributions of local or statewide significance. Click on the name of a woman to learn more about her remarkable life.


Did You Know..
  • Only 22% of all Distinguished Professors at KU are women, compared to 24% just two years ago
  • Of the 165 members of the Kansas legislature, only 41 are women
  • Only 3 of the 14 Kansas Court of Appeals Judges are women
  • 38% of Kansas families with a single-female head of household live below the poverty level
  • Median earnings in Kansas for women are just 79% of what median earnings are for men

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