The Inductees

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Mary Jobe Akeley
(1886-1966)
Geographer, mountaineer, photographer and writer—one of the world's leading explorers
(Inducted 1994)

Anni Albers
(1899-1994)
First weaver to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art
(Inducted 1994)

Marian Anderson
(1897-1993)
Renowned contralto vocalist and first African American singer to perform with the Metropolitan Opera
(Inducted 1994)

Beatrice Fox Auerbach
(1887-1968)
President of G. Fox and Company; business leader and philanthropist
(Inducted 1994)

B

Emma Fielding Baker
(1828-1916)
Mohegan medicine woman, responsible for regulating tribal land divisions and maintaining Mohegan historical records and oral traditions
(Inducted 1994)

Emily Dunning BarringerVideos Available
(1876-1961)
First female ambulance surgeon to secure a surgical residency
(Inducted 2000)

Evelyn Longman Batchelder
(1874-1954)
Prolific sculptor, creator of Bushnell Park's Spirit of Victory
(Inducted 1994)

Adrianne Baughns-WallaceVideos Available
(1944)
First female television anchor in Connecticut and first African American television newscaster in New England
(Inducted 2000)

Catharine Beecher
(1800-1878)
Founder and first president of the Hartford Female Seminary
(Inducted 1994)

C

Jewel Plummer CobbVideos Available
(1924)
Leading cell biologist and educator
(Inducted 2008)

Jody Cohen
(1954)
First woman rabbi in Connecticut to have an extended tenure of her own congregation
(Inducted 1994)

Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Colt
(1826-1905)
First woman in America to establish a major art collection; later bequeathed to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
(Inducted 1997)

Martha CoolidgeVideos Available
(1946)
Filmmaker and first woman president of the Director’s Guild of America
(Inducted 2005)

Prudence Crandall
(1803-1890)
Teacher and abolitionist
(Inducted 1994)

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Katharine Seymour Day
(1870-1964)
Landmark conservationist
(Inducted 1994)

Rosa DeLauroVideos Available
(1943)
U.S. Representative of Connecticut’s 3rd district since 1990, sharp political strategist and champion of women’s causes
(Inducted 2013)

Annie Dillard
(1945)
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
(Inducted 1997)

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Beatrix FarrandVideos Available
(1872-1959)
Nationally renowned landscape architect
(Inducted 2014)

Helen M. Feeney
(1919-2004)
First woman in New England and one of the first nationwide to serve as chancellor of an archdiocese
(Inducted 1995)

Fidelia Hoscott Fielding
(1827-1908)
Revered member of the Mohegan Pequot tribe, responsible for the preservation of her tribe’s language and customs
(Inducted 1994)

Helen M. FrankenthalerVideos Available
(1928-2011)
Revolutionary abstract expressionist painter
(Inducted 2005)

Barbara Hackman FranklinVideos Available
(1940)
President and CEO of Barbara Franklin Enterprises, 29th U.S. Secretary of Commerce, led the first White House effort to recruit women for high-level government jobs
(Inducted 2013)

Martha Minerva FranklinVideos Available
(1870-1968)
Pioneer of the movement for Black nurses
(Inducted 2009)

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Edythe J. Gaines
(1922-2006)
First African American and first female superintendant of public schools in Connecticut
(Inducted 1996)

Anne GarrelsVideos Available
(1951)
Ground-breaking journalist and 23-year NPR Senior Foreign Correspondent best known for her coverage of conflicts around the world.
(Inducted 2012)

Charlotte Perkins Gilman
(1860-1935)
Leading intellectual, social reformer and author
(Inducted 1994)

Patricia Goldman-RakicVideos Available
(1937-2003)
World renowned neuroscientist
(Inducted 2008)

Dorothy Goodwin
(1914-2007)
Five-term Democratic state representative
(Inducted 1994)

Ella Tambussi Grasso
(1919-1981)
First woman in the nation to be elected governor in her own right
(Inducted 1994)

Estelle Griswold
(1900-1981)
Leader of the battle for elimination of Connecticut's anti-birth control statute
(Inducted 1994)

Florence GriswoldVideos Available
(1850-1937)
Fostered the Impressionist Art Movement in America
(Inducted 2002)

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Mary Hall
(1843-1927)
First female lawyer in Connecticut
(Inducted 1994)

Dorothy Hamill
(1956)
Olympic gold medalist and World Championship figure skating winner
(Inducted 2007)

Alice Hamilton
(1869-1970)
First female Harvard professor, pioneer in industrial medicine
(Inducted 1994)

Jane Hamilton-MerrittVideos Available
(1947)
Photo journalist, educator, activist, and author; nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of the Hmong people of Laos
(Inducted 1999)

Katharine Hepburn
(1907-2003)
One of America's most accomplished actresses; winner of four Academy Awards
(Inducted 1994)

Katharine Houghton Hepburn
(1878-1951)
Prominent champion of women's rights and Planned Parenthood
(Inducted 1994)

Caroline Maria Hewins
(1846-1926)
Pioneer in library services for children
(Inducted 1995)

Dotha Bushnell HillyerVideos Available
(1843-1932)
Founder and benefactor of the Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall
(Inducted 2003)

Dorrit Hoffleit
(1907-2007)
Astronomer, author of Bright Star Catalogue, Annenberg Award winner
(Inducted 1998)

Isabella Beecher Hooker
(1822-1907)
Founder of the Connecticut Women's Suffrage Association
(Inducted 1994)

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Mary Goodrich JensonVideos Available
(1907-2004)
First female pilot in Connecticut and first female reporter for the Hartford Courant with a bylined column
(Inducted 2000)

Emeline Roberts Jones
(1836-1916)
First female dentist in America
(Inducted 1994)

Joan JoyceVideos Available
(1940)
Inspirational athlete achieving greatness in softball, basketball, volleyball and golf
(Inducted 2007)

K

Helen KellerVideos Available
(1880-1968)
Inspirational champion of civil liberties for the disabled
(Inducted 2006)

Isabelle M. KelleyVideos Available
(1917-1997)
Principal author of the Food Stamp Act of 1964 and first director of the U.S. Food Stamp Program; first woman to direct a national action program for the USDA
(Inducted 2011)

Barbara Kennelly
(1936)
First Connecticut woman to be elected to eight terms in Congress
(Inducted 1994)

Eileen KrausVideos Available
(1938)
First woman to head a major regional financial institution
(Inducted 2002)

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Madeleine L'Engle
(1918-2007)
Award-winning children’s author
(Inducted 1996)

Susanne Langer
(1895-1985)
Leading 20th-Century philosopher
(Inducted 1996)

Jennifer LawtonVideos Available
(1963)
Innovative entrepreneur, technologist and pioneer in the 3D printing industry
(Inducted 2014)

Annie LeibovitzVideos Available
(1949)
Internationally renowned photographer whose large and distinguished body of work includes some of the most well-known portraits of our time
(Inducted 2012)

Donna Lopiano
(1946)
Gifted athlete; instrumental in ensuring gender equity in sports
(Inducted 1995)

Linda Koch LorimerVideos Available
(1952)
Vice President for Global and Strategic Initiatives at Yale University and visionary leader in higher education, spearheading strategic partnerships locally and abroad
(Inducted 2013)

Clare Boothe Luce
(1903-1987)
Playwright, novelist; first U.S. Congresswoman from Connecticut; ambassador to Italy
(Inducted 1994)

M

Carolyn M. MazureVideos Available
(1949)
Visionary founder of Women's Health Research at Yale
(Inducted 2009)

Barbara McClintockVideos Available
(1902-1992)
Famed geneticist and Nobel Prize winner
(Inducted 2008)

Dollie McLeanVideos Available
(1936)
Founding executive director of the Artists Collective, Hartford
(Inducted 2003)

Faith MiddletonVideos Available
(1948)
Thought-provoking Connecticut radio broadcaster and host of The Faith Middleton Show on WNPR
(Inducted 2012)

Rachel Taylor Milton
(1901-1995)
Founder of the Urban League of Greater Harford
(Inducted 1994)

Constance Baker Motley
(1921-2005)
First African American federal court judge; successfully argued nine U.S. Supreme Court civil rights cases
(Inducted 1998)

Anne M. MulcahyVideos Available
(1952)
Former Chairman and visionary leader of Xerox Corporation
(Inducted 2010)

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Denise Lynn NappierVideos Available
(1951)
First woman elected State Treasurer in Connecticut history, first African American woman elected State Treasurer in the nation, and first African American woman elected to statewide office in Connecticut
(Inducted 2011)

Laura NyroVideos Available
(1947-1997)
Notable songwriter and singer
(Inducted 2001)

P

Martha ParsonsVideos Available
(1869-1965)
First female business executive in Connecticut to earn her position by merit
(Inducted 2010)

Alice Paul
(1885-1977)
Leader of women's suffrage movement, founder of National Women's Party
(Inducted 1994)

Ellen Ash Peters
(1930)
First woman to be named Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court
(Inducted 1994)

Ann Petry
(1908-1997)
First African American woman to sell one million copies of a novel, The Street
(Inducted 1994)

Rosa Ponselle
(1897-1981)
Legendary Metropolitan Opera diva, honored on a U.S. postage stamp
(Inducted 1998)

Sarah Porter
(1813-1900)
Educator, founder of Miss Porter’s School
(Inducted 1994)

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Theodate Pope Riddle
(1867-1946)
Noted female architect who designed the Hill-Stead Museum and the Avon Old Farms and Westover schools
(Inducted 1994)

Catherine RorabackVideos Available
(1920-2007)
Attorney, foremost advocate for civil liberties
(Inducted 2001)

Edna Negron Rosario
(1944)
Educator; established the first Family Resource Center and school-based health clinic in the nation
(Inducted 1994)

Margo Rose
(1903-1997)
Artist, teacher, performer and “grande dame” of the American Puppet Theater
(Inducted 1997)

Margaret Fogarty Rudkin
(1898-1967)
Founder of Pepperidge Farm
(Inducted 1994)

Rosalind RussellVideos Available
(1906-1976)
Legendary award-winning actress of stage and screen
(Inducted 2005)

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Susan Saint James
(1946)
Award-winning television and film star and philanthropist
(Inducted 1994)

Marian SalzmanVideos Available
(1959)
Thought leader in public relations, among the world’s top five trendspotters
(Inducted 2014)

Maria C. Sanchez
(1926-1989)
First Hispanic woman elected to the Connecticut legislature
(Inducted 1994)

Mary Townsend SeymourVideos Available
(1873-1957)
Pioneering advocate for equal rights for African-Americans, co-founder Hartford chapter NAACP
(Inducted 2006)

Lydia Huntley Sigourney
(1791-1865)
One of the first American women to succeed at a literary career
(Inducted 1994)

Virginia Thrall Smith
(1836-1903)
Activist in support of services to women and children
(Inducted 1994)

The Smiths of Glastonbury
Revered elder stateswomen of the suffrage movement
(Inducted 1994)

Helen L. SmitsVideos Available
(1937)
Public Health Policy Shaper, International Healthcare Advocate
(Inducted 2009)

Anne StanbackVideos Available
(1958)
Courageous activist for social justice for the lesbian and gay community; founding president of Love Makes a Family
(Inducted 2006)

Hilda Crosby Standish
(1902-2005)
First medical director of Connecticut's first birth control clinic
(Inducted 1994)

Joan SteitzVideos Available
(1941)
Distinguished professor of molecular biophysics
(Inducted 2008)

Maria Miller StewartVideos Available
(1803-1879)
First American-born woman to publicly address mixed gender and race audiences on abolition
(Inducted 2001)

Harriet Beecher Stowe
(1811-1896)
Author of Uncle Tom's Cabin
(Inducted 1994)

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Gladys Tantaquidgeon
(1899-2005)
Anthropologist, Mohegan medicine woman
(Inducted 1994)

Betty Tianti
(1929-1994)
The nation's first woman president of a state AFL-CIO
(Inducted 1994)

Augusta Lewis TroupVideos Available
(1848-1920)
Union organizer, journalist and promoter of the suffrage movement, beloved educator and advocate for teachers and minority groups.
(Inducted 2013)

Sophie TuckerVideos Available
(1884-1966)
Celebrated singer and actress
(Inducted 1999)

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Antonina UccelloVideos Available
(1922)
First woman to be elected mayor of a Connecticut municipality
(Inducted 1999)

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Glenna Collett VareVideos Available
(1903-1989)
Golf champion who dominated American women’s golf in the 1920s
(Inducted 2007)

Lillian Vernon
(1929)
Founded the first corporation by a woman to be publicly traded on the American Stock Exchange
(Inducted 1998)

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Florence WaldVideos Available
(1916-2008)
Founder of hospice care in the United States and former Dean of the Yale School of Nursing
(Inducted 1999)

Patricia M. WaldVideos Available
(1928)
First woman to sit on the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, subsequently serving as its Chief Judge
(Inducted 2011)

Laura Wheeler Waring
(1887-1948)
Artist and educator best known for her landscape paintings and portraits of prominent African Americans
(Inducted 1997)

Hannah Bunce Watson
(1750-1807)
Publisher of The Hartford Courant, one of the first female newspaper publishers in America
(Inducted 1994)

Maggie WilderotterVideos Available
(1955)
Telecommunications innovator and Chairman and CEO of Frontier Communications
(Inducted 2010)

Miriam Therese WinterVideos Available
(1938)
Medical Mission Sister, composer, author, and musician; founder of the Women’s Leadership Institute at Hartford Seminary
(Inducted 2002)

Chase Going Woodhouse
(1890-1984)
First female Democrat elected Secretary of the State of Connecticut & first female Democrat to represent Connecticut in Congress
(Inducted 1994)

Mabel Osgood Wright
(1859-1935)
Founder and first president of Connecticut Audubon Society; established first bird sanctuary in U.S. in Fairfield, CT
(Inducted 1998)