Recognition Programs

The Center believes in the importance of publicly recognizing and honoring those who are role models and trailblazers, advancing the promotion of gender equity through their actions and by their example. To this end, 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.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2019 AWARD RECIPIENTS - Click here to see this year's awards booklet (pdf)

2019 Recognition Program

2019 Women's Hall of Fame Panel
Leading a life of meaning 




Annual Recognition Program

In the mid 1960's the Center began hosting an annual women's recognition program to honor outstanding women at KU who have served as trailblazers, innovators, role-models, mentors, and advocates for change. The Center continues this tradition today, expanding the scope to include those of all genders who are contributing to advancing gender equity and serving as role models. Every April the Center hosts a Recognition Program  to honor exceptional  KU 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 honorees are exemplary KU women-identitfied alumnae, faculty, staff and affiliates. Through their significant contributions and achievements, overall impact, outstanding character, and scope of influence, serve as role models for students as leaders and changemakers in their careers and in their communities. 

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 the annual Recognition Program.  

KU Women of Distinction Calendar

The Women of Distinction Calendar, which was issued from 2004 to 2017, recognized KU women (students, staff, faculty, and alumnae) for their achievements. It was created to protest a swimsuit calendar featuring KU women students, challenging stereotypical portrayals of women. You can view our archive of Women of Distinction Calendars here.  

Men of Merit Poster

The KU Men of Merit Poster, which was issued from 2009 to 2017, recognized KU men (students, staff, faculty, and alumni) 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. You can view our archive of Men of Merit Posters here.  


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