Gov. John Carney announced that the Office of Women's Advancement & Advocacy and the Delaware Women's Hall of Fame Committee have selected four remarkable women to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women in September.
The inductees include higher education access advocate and former Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden; the first woman and person of color from Delaware to serve in Congress, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester; retired educator, historian, and civic leader Dr. Reba Ross Hollingsworth; and former Smyrna School District Superintendent Deborah Wicks. Each of these remarkable women has made significant and meaningful contributions to Delawareans through their personal and professional achievements.
"This year's Hall of Fame inductees have achieved incredible things in their fields of work," said Carney. "Dr. Jill Biden, Debbie Wicks, Dr. Reba Hollingsworth and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester are role models to all in our state – women who go above and beyond to positively contribute to their communities every day."
Kay Keenan, chair of the Delaware Women's Hall of Fame Committee, expressed excitement about the diversity of the inductees. "These inductees differ in terms of race, background, and many other components, but their one common characteristic is the significance of their positive impact in Delaware. I'm honored to have had the opportunity to lead the new Hall of Fame Committee in its first inductee selection," said Keenan.
Inductees will be recognized at the 37th Annual Hall of Fame of Delaware Women awards reception beginning with heavy hors d'oeuvres and stations at 5:30 p.m., followed by the event program, Thursday, Sept. 27, at Dover Downs.
To purchase tickets, go to www.de.gov/women. Early bird pricing will last through Wednesday, Aug. 15.
Melanie Ross Levin, director of the Office of Women's Advancement & Advocacy, said, "Despite our size, it's clear that there's no shortage of accomplished women in Delaware."
"Delaware is fortunate to be the home to so many inspiring women," said Saundra Ross Johnson, Delaware Department of Human Resources secretary. "These exemplary women serve as role models to all Delawareans as they passionately work to create a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the state."