Department of Human Resources

The Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame

The Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame was established in 1981 to recognize the achievements of outstanding Delaware women and their contributions to communities across the state. The induction ceremony is the oldest annual celebration of its kind commemorating Delaware women. Members represent a variety of professional fields and backgrounds, including artists, athletes, community advocates, military personnel, public servants, and scientists. There is no minimum age requirement, but nominees are only eligible if they have made an important and lasting impact upon the lives of Delawareans, and if they have resided in the state for at least 10 years during their lifetime.

Hall of Fame Attendees

To see who has already been inducted, check out the full list  of the incredible women in the Delaware Women's Hall of Fame. Additionally, the Office of Women’s Advancement commissioned Delaware Artist, Theresa Walton, to create watercolor portraits of each woman inducted. We invite you to visit the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame website where you can not only see each of the portraits, but also read more about each of the inductees. If you would like to visit the collection of portraits in-person, they are currently on display at the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics located at 20 Orchard Road, Newark, Delaware 19716.

Every year, the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame Committee solicits applications from the public. The committee then meets and reviews the applications utilizing the grading rubric . In July, the honorees are publicly announced. The induction ceremony typically takes place in the fall and includes a dinner reception followed by an awards program.

The 2024 Nomination Cycle is now closed.

If you have questions about the application process, please read through the FAQs . If you need further assistance, please email the Office of Women’s Advancement & Advocacy or call (302) 220-5771.

Hall of Fame Ceremony