Arizona’s extraordinary women honored in exhibit

Arizona Capitol Museum presents Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame stories

For Immediate Release
March 1, 2016

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Kim Crawford, Communications Manager 
Phone: (602) 926-3810

Image of Arizona Women's Hall of Fame logoPHOENIX – Women from all walks of life have contributed to building Arizona into the great state it is today. The Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame brings the exhibit recognizing and celebrating these remarkable women to the Arizona Capitol Museum, March 1 through March 31, as part of Women’s History Month.

“In our first election as a state, men voted women the right to vote,” said Secretary of State Michele Reagan, whose office oversees the AZCM. “Our state has a history of recognizing women and their contributions to our communities and way of life. We are honored to bring these women’s stories to the Arizona Capitol Museum.” 

The exhibit shares the stories of the women’s struggles, accomplishments and contributions to our communities, heritage and freedom. These Arizonans have elevated the status of women or opened new frontiers to females or society in general. Women like:

  • Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (1930-), who was honored as one of the first AzWHF Living Legacies in 2015. Not only was Justice O’Connor the first woman to the U.S. Supreme Court, but she was the first female in the Arizona State Senate to serve as majority leader, not only in this state but nationwide. 
  • Annie Dodge Wauneka (1910-1997) was a tireless advocate for many issues on the Navajo Reservation from water to housing; however, healthcare was a main concern including the eradication of tuberculosis. She was awarded the U.S. Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. 
  • Sister Kathleen Clark (1919-2003) started the first child crisis nursery in the U.S., Casa de los Ninos, in Tucson. She is recognized as a pioneer in the efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect.

“Exhibiting these beautiful quilts during Women’s History Month is a golden opportunity for the public to come down to the Arizona Capitol Museum and see the incredible accomplishments of women throughout our state’s history,” said Ted Hale, AZCM director and advisor to the AzWHF Board. “In addition to their accomplishments, the quilts are beautiful and unique.” 

Learn about these and many more women important to our state at the AZCM, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information about AZCM exhibits, or to schedule a tour, go online to or call 602-926-3620.

To learn more about the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame, visit the website at The next Living Legacies will be inducted May 5, 2016 at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park in Tempe.

The AZCM is a branch of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State.