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Recognition Programs

The Center believes in the importance of publicly recognizing and honoring those individuals and groups demonstrating a commitment and passion that advances the promotion of gender equity. To further this core value of recognition, the Center hosts several awards programs every year. Follow the links below to learn more about the Center's awards programs or view previous award winners.

Annual Recognition Program

In the mid 1960's the Center began hosting an annual women's recognition program to honor and publicize the outstanding women at KU. The Center continues this tradition today. Every April the Center hosts a Women's Recognition Banquet wherein we honor the outstanding KU women students, faculty, staff, and alumnae. All student recipients receive a cash award made possible by the University of Kansas Women's Memorial Scholarship Fund and the support of the Center's generous friends. To learn more about becoming a Friend of the Center, or to donate to the KU Women's Memorial Fund, click here or contact us.

KU Women's Hall of  Fame

The Hall of Fame winners are exemplary KU alumnae, faculty and staff women, who through their significant contributions and achievements, overall impact and outstanding character, serve as role models for students as career women and community leaders.

Pioneer Woman Award

The Pioneer Woman winners are exemplary Kansas women who have made historic contributions of local or statewide significance. Only one woman per year is chosen for this prestigious award and she need not be affiliated with the University. The Pioneer Woman award is given out every year at our annual Women's Recognition Award Banquet. 

KU Women of Distinction Calendar

The Women of Distinction Calendar recognizes KU women students, staff, faculty, and alumnae for their achievements. You can nominate a KU woman who has distinguished herself through outstanding achievement and contributions to KU and/or the community, serving as a role model, and challenging gender stereotypes.

Men of Merit Poster

The KU Men of Merit Poster recognizes people who redefine masculinity by challenging norms, taking action, and leading by example while making outstanding achievements and contributions to KU and/or the Lawrence community.


Did You Know..
  • Only 23% of all Distinguished Professors at KU are women, compared to 24% three years ago
  • Of the 165 members of the Kansas legislature, only 40 are women
  • Only 3 of the 14 Kansas Court of Appeals Judges are women
  • 31% of Kansas families with a single-female head of household live below the poverty level
  • Median earnings in Kansas for women are just 77% of what median earnings are for men

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