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.

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. The Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame Art Exhibit, featuring portraits of each member of the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame, is currently on display at the Delaware Tech Community College Owens Campus in Georgetown until January 31, 2024. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular business hours.

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 Committee has chosen the 2023 inductees. The 2023 Induction Ceremony was held on October 4, 2023. See photos from this year’s event.

The 2024 nomination cycle will open in January 2024. Check back in early January for the 2024 application and additional information. 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) 577-8970.