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The Texas Women's Hall of Fame was established in 1984 by the Governor's Commission on Women. The honorees are selected biennially from submissions from the public. The honorees must be either native Texans, or a resident of Texas at the time of the nomination.

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The Texas Women's Hall of Fame Museum is located inside Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton, Texas campus of Texas Woman's University. It houses a permanent exhibit featuring the accomplishments of each of the honorees.


Texas Women's Hall of Fame
Name Image Birth–Death Year Area of achievement Ref(s)
Biles, SimoneSimone Biles
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(b. 1997) 2018 Olympic gymnast
Bush, LauraLaura Bush
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(b. 1946) 2018 First Lady of the United States
Carr, VikkiVikki Carr
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(b. 1941) 2018 Entertainer
Dell, SusanSusan Dell 2018 Philanthropy
Shults, Tammie JoTammie Jo Shults 2018 Airline pilot
Sueltenfuss, Elizabeth AnneElizabeth Anne Sueltenfuss 2018 Catholic nun with a Ph.D. in microbiology. Past president of Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.
Zaffirini, JudithJudith Zaffirini
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2018 Texas State Senator
Browning, Emma CarterEmma Carter Browning (1910–2010) 2016 Aviator
Hitchcock-Hall, SusieSusie Hitchcock-Hall 2016 Entrepreneur
Kerrick, GingerGinger Kerrick 2016 NASA Administrator
Khator, RenuRenu Khator
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2016 Chancellor of the University of Houston System
Selena Quintanilla-Pérez
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(1971–1995) 2016 Musician
Berry, NanditaNandita Berry 2014 Texas Secretary of State
Herring, JoanneJoanne Herring 2014 Houston-area socialite, philanthropist, and businesswoman
Olson, KimKim Olson 2014 President and CEO of Grace Under Fire
Perry, AnitaAnita Perry 2014 First Lady of Texas
Stuart, AnnAnn Stuart 2014 President and Chancellor of Texas Women's University
Thompson, SenfroniaSenfronia Thompson 2014 Texas State Representative
Tucker, DeborahDeborah Tucker 2014 Founder of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
Wright, CarolynCarolyn Wright 2014 Chief Justice for the Fifth Court of Appeals of Texas
Conrad, Barbara SmithBarbara Smith Conrad (1940–) 2012 Mezzo-soprano
Corn, AnneAnne Corn 2012 Professor Emerita at Vanderbilt University, educator in the field of visual impairment
Godiwalla, NinaNina Godiwalla
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2012 Author/journalist
O'Neill, HarrietHarriet O'Neill 2012 Retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas
Saunders, MaryMary Saunders 2012 Major General, United States Air Force, highest ranking African American woman in the USAF
Dickey, Nancy W.Nancy W. Dickey 2010 Educator
Hadley, Erma JohnsonErma Johnson Hadley (d.2015) 2010 Educator
Long, Teresa LozanoTeresa Lozano Long 2010 Cultural leader founded Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Scott, Judy CastleJudy Castle Scott 2010 American Foundation for the Blind
Willeford, PamelaPamela Willeford
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(1950–) 2010 United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Murano, ElsaElsa Murano
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(1959–) 2008 President, Texas A&M University
O'Connor, Sandra DaySandra Day O'Connor
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(1930–) 2008 First female justice on the United States Supreme Court
Peterson, CarolynCarolyn Peterson 2008 Architect who helped preserve San Antonio Missions
Underwood, Louise HopkinsLouise Hopkins Underwood (1919–2017) 2008 Patron of the arts
Zoghbi, HudaHuda Zoghbi (1955–) 2008 Health research
Dunbar, AmandaAmanda Dunbar (1982–) 2006 Artist
Foster, KathleenKathleen Foster 2006 Children and parents care facilities
Neeley, ShirleyShirley Neeley 2006 Educator
Vitetta, EllenEllen Vitetta 2006 Microbiologist, cancer research
Combs, SusanSusan Combs (1945–) 2004 Former Texas Comptroller, former Texas Commissioner of Agriculture
Mendenhall, TrinidadTrinidad Mendenhall 2004 Businesswoman
Rosenfield, Mary MeyersMary Meyers Rosenfield (1910–2006) 2004 Intellectual disability education
Swoopes, SherylSheryl Swoopes
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(1971–) 2004 Pro basketball player
Hughes, KarenKaren Hughes
(1956–) 2002 Global Vice Chair of Burson-Marsteller, political advisor to George W. Bush
Jemison, MaeMae Jemison
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(1956–) 2002 Astronaut
Murdaugh, AngelaAngela Murdaugh 2002 Franciscan Sister of Mary
Williams, AnnAnn Williams 2002 Founded Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Burgin, TillieTillie Burgin 2000 Educator, missionary
Dinkins, CarolCarol Dinkins 2000 Environmentalist
Farias, Anna MariaAnna Maria Farias 2000 Housing, politician appointee under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush
García, Juliet V.Juliet V. García 2000 President of Texas Southmost College
Goodacre, GlennaGlenna Goodacre (1939–) 2000 Sculptor who designed the Vietnam Women's Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Harpham, WendyWendy Harpham 2000 Physician
Heath, Jinger L.Jinger L. Heath 2000 Business woman
Herndon, DealeyDealey Herndon 2000 Historic preservationist
McKnight, Mamie L.Mamie L. McKnight 2000 Family, community development
Randel, Jo StewartJo Stewart Randel 2000 Philanthropist
Rankin, JudyJudy Rankin (1945–) 2000 Golf pro
Beasley, Norma LeaNorma Lea Beasley (1931–2012) 1998 Attorney; founded Trinity Abstract & Title Co. in Waxahachie and Safeco Land Title of Dallas; civic leader, philanthropist
Carter, Shirley ThompsonShirley Thompson Carter (1935–2001) 1998 Founder Texas Girls' Choir
Ghrist, Elizabeth LyonsElizabeth Lyons Ghrist 1998 Volunteerism
Granger, KayKay Granger
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(1943–) 1998 Member United States House of Representatives
Melillo, DixieDixie Melillo 1998 Physician, founder of The Rose foundation providing free breast cancer screenings, founder The Rose Scholarship Program
Natalicio, DianaDiana Natalicio 1998 President, University of Texas at El Paso
Sharp, MarshaMarsha Sharp
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(1952–) 1998 Women's basketball coach, Texas Tech University
Acers, Ebby HallidayEbby Halliday Acers (1911–2015) 1996 Realtor; Texas Business Hall of Fame, the Dallas Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Woman in Business Award and the Dallas Brotherhood/Sisterhood Merit Citation Award
Clements, Rita CrockerRita Crocker Clements (1931–) 1996 First Lady of Texas, politician
Garrison-Jackson, ZinaZina Garrison-Jackson (1963–) 1996 Tennis pro
Harrington, SybilSybil Harrington (1908–1998) 1996 Patron of the arts
Hutchison, Kay BaileyKay Bailey Hutchison
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(1943–) 1996 United States Senator
Oujesky, HelenHelen Oujesky 1996 Professor of microbiology
Piester, Ruby LeeRuby Lee Piester 1996 Child welfare
Singletary, Sonja EvaSonja Eva Singletary (1952–2015) 1996 Breast surgeon
Stai, Dian GravesDian Graves Stai 1996 Businesswoman
Guerrero, Rosa RamírezRosa Ramírez Guerrero (1934–) 1994 Founder, International Folklorico Dance Group
Miller, VassarVassar Miller (1924–1998) 1994 Writer, poet
Rangel, IrmaIrma Rangel (1931–2003) 1994 State legislator
Rogers, Mary BethMary Beth Rogers 1994 Politician, civic worker
Scott, Bess WhiteheadBess Whitehead Scott 1994 Communications, journalist, editor, poet, writer
Smith, Francie LarrieuFrancie Larrieu Smith (1952–) 1994 Olympic athlete, track and field
Stillwell, HallieHallie Stillwell (1897–1997) 1994 Pioneer rancher, educator, author
Wardlaw, AlviaAlvia Wardlaw 1994 Educator, curator of African American history
Wong, MarthaMartha Wong (1939–) 1994 First Asian American woman elected to the Texas House of Representatives
Young, Eleanor AnneEleanor Anne Young (1925–2007) 1994 Scientist, nutritionist educator
Craft, Linda LouiseLinda Louise Craft (1938–1993) 1993 Master Professional rank LPGA golfer
Glossbrenner, ErnestineErnestine Glossbrenner 1993 Educator
McDonald, Gabrielle KirkGabrielle Kirk McDonald (1942–) 1993 African American jurist
Montague, EleanorEleanor Montague (1926-2018) 1993 Pioneered radiation for treatment of breast cancer
Pierce, AaronettaAaronetta Pierce 1993 African American patron of the arts and museums
Rodriguez, Gloria G.Gloria G. Rodriguez 1993 Children and families advocate
Strauss, AnnetteAnnette Strauss (1924–1998) 1993 Philanthropist and Mayor of Dallas
Bush, BarbaraBarbara Bush (1925–2018) 1989 First Lady of the United States
Craven, JudithJudith Craven 1989 Physician, medical field educator
Davis, Gussie NellGussie Nell Davis (1906–1993) 1989 Founded the Kilgore Rangerettes
Forbes, Margaret SwanMargaret Swan Forbes (1919–2010) 1989 Synchronized swimming
Guy, L. RuthL. Ruth Guy (1913–2006) 1989 Professor emeritus in the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Hershey, TerryTerry Hershey 1989 Environmentalist
Madrid, Lucia RedeLucia Rede Madrid 1989 Educator
Wetzel, JaneJane Wetzel 1989 Advocate for youth rehabilitation
Brinker, NancyNancy Brinker
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(1946–) 1988 Co-founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Harper, Margaret PeaseMargaret Pease Harper (1911–1991) 1988 Patron of the arts
Laurenzo, NinfaNinfa Laurenzo (1924–2001) 1988 Restaurant entrepreneur
Murray, LaneLane Murray 1988 Correctional educator
Ritter, LouiseLouise Ritter (1943– ) 1988 Olympic gold medalist
Seeger, Ruth TaubertRuth Taubert Seeger (1924–2014) 1988 Deaf athlete, medalist, coach
Smith, Bert KrugerBert Kruger Smith 1988 Civic involvement
Tinsley, EleanorEleanor Tinsley (1926–2009) 1988 Community involvement, Eleanor Tinsley Elementary School named for her
Acosta, Lucy G.Lucy G. Acosta (1926–2008) 1987 Activist and humanitarian
Altshuler, Ruth SharpRuth Sharp Altshuler (1924–2017) 1987 Philanthropist
Amsler, Margaret HarrisMargaret Harris Amsler (1908–2002) 1987 Attorney
Benson, JohnnieJohnnie Benson 1987 Health care in nursing homes
Clack, TommieTommie Clack (1882–1989) 1987 Pioneer
Dawson, KimKim Dawson 1987 Business woman
Dunlap, LillianLillian Dunlap (1922–2003) 1987 Brigadier General, United States Army
Kirkland, Elithe HamiltonElithe Hamilton Kirkland (1907–1992) 1987 Writer
Lopiano, DonnaDonna Lopiano (1946–) 1987 Sports management consultant
Sherrod, KatieKatie Sherrod 1987 Journalist
Stephens, DonnyaDonnya Stephens 1987 Educator
Strother, Dora DoughertyDora Dougherty Strother 1987 Aviation
West, Mary NanMary Nan West (1925–2001) 1987 Rancher
Armstrong, AnneAnne Armstrong (1927–2008) 1986 American woman ambassador to Great Britain and the Court of St. James's
Ash, Mary KayMary Kay Ash
(1918–2001) 1986 Founder Mary Kay Cosmetics
Brown, Caro CrawfordCaro Crawford Brown (1908–2001) 1986 Journalist, investigated political corruption of George Berham Parr
Chacón, Alicia R.Alicia R. Chacón (1938-) 1986 Mexican-American member of El Paso city council, regional director of Small Business Administration under Jimmy Carter
Conradt, JodyJody Conradt
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(1941–) 1986 Women's basketball coach at University of Texas at Austin
Cousins, MargaretMargaret Cousins (1905–1996) 1986 Managing editor of McCall's Magazine, senior editor of Doubleday and Co., 1986 Women in Communications Lifetime Achievement Award. Poet, essayist, short story writer, author of children's books
Delco, Wilhelmina RuthWilhelmina Ruth Delco (1929–) 1986 Texas state legislator
Goff, FrancesFrances Goff (1916–1994) 1986 Volunteerism
Griffith, Mary LaviniaMary Lavinia Griffith (1906–1993) 1986 Rancher
Owen, MayMay Owen (1892–1988) 1986 First woman president of Texas Medical Association
Ride, SallySally Ride
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(1951–2012) 1986 Astronaut, first American woman in space
Simond, AdaAda Simond (1903–1989) 1986 African American civic involvement
Tobolowsky, HermineHermine Tobolowsky (1921–1995) 1986 Proponent of the Equal Rights Amendment
Brooks, Benjy FrancesBenjy Frances Brooks 1985 First Texas pediatric surgeon
Buffler, Patricia HappPatricia Happ Buffler 1985 Epidemiology Research
Carpenter, LizLiz Carpenter
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(1920–2010) 1985 Political speechwriter, media consultant, great-great-granddaughter of Empresario Sterling C. Robertson
Cartwright, Grace WoodruffGrace Woodruff Cartwright (1908–2003) 1985 Agriculture, helped form the Brazos Valley Association
Farabee, HelenHelen Farabee (1934–1988) 1985 Mental health and human services advocate
Flood, María ElenaMaría Elena Flood 1985 Educator
Glass, Willie LeeWillie Lee Glass 1985 Civic involvement and leadership
Mendoza, LydiaLydia Mendoza (1916–2007) 1985 Tejano musician
Porter, Jenny LindJenny Lind Porter 1985 Poet Laureate of Texas
Raggio, LouiseLouise Raggio (1919–2011) 1985 Attorney, first female director of the Texas State Bar
Richards, AnnAnn Richards
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(1933–2006) 1985 Governor of Texas
Whyte, Edna GardnerEdna Gardner Whyte (1902–1992) 1985 Aviation pioneer
Adair, ChristiaChristia Adair (1893–1989) 1984 African American suffragist and civil rights activist
Bell, Kate AtkinsonKate Atkinson Bell (1907–2003) 1984 Educator
Castleberry, VivianVivian Castleberry (1922–2017) 1984 Journalist, editor, author, activist
Cockrell, Lila May BanksLila May Banks Cockrell (1922–) 1984 Businesswoman, former Mayor of San Antonio
García, Clotilde PérezClotilde Pérez García (1917–2003) 1984 Author, medical professional
Hester, Jeane PorterJeane Porter Hester (1929–) 1984 Scientist, physician
Hobby, Oveta CulpOveta Culp Hobby
(1905–1995) 1984 Newspaper publisher, first commanding officer of Women's Army Corps, first secretary of Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
Huey, Mary Evelyn BlaggMary Evelyn Blagg Huey 1984 President Texas Woman's University
Hughes, Sarah TilghmanSarah Tilghman Hughes
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(1896–1985) 1984 Texas state legislator, United States district judge, administered November 22, 1963, oath of office to Lyndon B. Johnson aboard Air Force One
Johnson, Lady BirdLady Bird Johnson
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(1912–2007) 1984 First Lady of the United States
Jordan, BarbaraBarbara Jordan
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(1936–1996) 1984 Politician
Lee, Amy FreemanAmy Freeman Lee (1909–1997) 1984 Artist, writer
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