A crowd of several hundred was on hand March 6th at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage, Alaska to celebrate the Inaugural Class of 50 women inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame. The date was deliberately chosen to coincide with Zonta Yellow Rose Day and International Women’s Day. The number of inductees was selected to commemorate Alaska’s 50th birthday. The women honored have made or are making significant contributions to shape the 49th state. The Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame mission is to honor women, in perpetuity, whose contributions have influenced the direction of Alaska in all fields, including, but not limited to the arts, athletics, business, education, government, health, the humanities, native affairs, philanthropy, community service, conservation, adventure, theology and science and reached across several centuries and all of Alaska. Spearheaded by members from the Zonta Club of Anchorage, representatives of Alaska Women’s Network, the Anchorage YWCA, the Alaska Women’s Political Caucus, the Anchorage Women’s Commission and University of Alaska Anchorage all worked together to select the honorees and plan the induction ceremony.
The honorees and their accomplishments are highlighted in a website – www.alaskawomenshalloffame.org.