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KU Women's Hall of Fame & Recognition Awards

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity is unable to responsibly host this year’s Annual Recognition Awards and KU Women’s Hall of Fame Program. 


With the CDC’s recommendations and KU’s COVID-19 policies against hosting large-scale events in mind, we have made the hard decision against moving forward with an in-person program in April. 


While our hope is to convene at some point in the future to recognize this year's KU Women’s Hall of Fame inductees, in the meantime, our staff is considering how we might celebrate our honorees virtually. 


This year’s Recognition Awards are postponed until next year. We will keep nomination submissions and materials on file for next year and consider 2020 nominees for our Spring 2021 awards program.


More details to come as they unfold.




Are you aware that the former chair of the FDIC and the creator of adult education are graduates of KU? Or that the first woman banker and one of the first woman Athletic Directors both found their beginnings here? The University of Kansas has a rich legacy of phenomenal women, many of whom have been inducted into the KU Women's Hall of Fame, since its founding in 1970.

The 235 individuals composing the Women's Hall of Fame are exemplary members of our society in both overall impact and outstanding character. Many inductees accomplished feats in their respective fields at times when it was practically unheard of for a female to make such progress. The influence of their numerous contributions and achievements is immeasurable, and these women serve as awe-inspiring role models for all of us.

Welcome to exploring! Prepare to be INSPIRED.

Hall of Fame Members

Hall of Fame Display

Dr. Kala Stroup, a Hall of Fame honoree, had the vision for the KU Women's Hall of Fame showcase. She wanted to capture the stories of these amazing women for future generations. Now this wonderful history will not remain hidden. Enjoy learning about these amazing women on this website, or you can visit our interactive display located on the 5th floor of the Kansas Union at the Lawrence campus. Enjoy browsing or searching by the year of induction or the honoree's name. You may even choose to search by career or major fields, and possibly tap into these amazing resources by our e-mentoring service. Perhaps you may even want to nominate another remarkable woman for this award with our downloadable form.

We would like to thank our partners for their generous contributions to the KU Women's Hall of Fame. This project would not be possible without our loyal friends.

Hall of Fame Donors


Note: If using the 5th Floor Kansas Union Hall of Fame kiosk some links may not be activated. 

2019 Recognition Program 


2019 Women's Hall of Fame Panel 

Leading a Life of Meaning 




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