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Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame 2023

The Hall of Fame of Delaware Women was established in 1981 and 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.

Delaware Equal Pay Day

March 14, 2023 marked Equal Pay Day. This means, Delaware women who work full-time, year-round, are paid an average of 86% as much as men. In other words, for every dollar paid to a man who works full-time, year-round, women are paid 86 cents. (NOTE: these numbers are from 2021, the latest year with available data). When compared to white, non-Hispanic men, Black and Hispanic women face even larger wage gaps.

Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame Art Exhibit

The Office of Women’s Advancement & Advocacy hosted a reception on March 8, 2023 to recognize Women’s History Month and celebrate the opening of the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame Art Exhibit at Delaware Tech’s Owens Campus in Georgetown. The exhibit, featuring portraits of members of the Women’s Hall of Fame, is on display until January 31, 2024.

  • WRDE - Gov. Carney Signs Women's History Month Proclamation

  • Cape Gazette - Delaware Tech hosts Women’s Hall of Fame Exhibition

  • WRDE - Delaware Women's Hall of Fame Comes to Del Tech in Georgetown

  • Bay to Bay News - Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame Exhibition at Delaware Tech, Owens Campus

Delaware Women and the Construction Trades

Delaware has very few women working in the construction trades industry. OWAA recently released a report that highlights the role that jobs in this industry can play in providing women with economic and social empowerment, economic equity, and self-sufficiency. The report analyzes the current construction trades landscape in Delaware, examines factors that help account for the low number of women in skilled trades, as well as offers recommendations for how to remove potential barriers and expand opportunities to more Delaware women.

  • Bay to Bay News - State report provides solutions to increase opportunities for Delaware women in the trades industry

  • Delaware Public Media - State report offers solutions to bolster opportunities for Delaware women in the trades industry

  • Delaware Business Times - Delaware looks to build women pre-apprenticeship program

  • Delaware News - Delaware Office of Women’s Advancement and Advocacy Releases Report on Delaware Women in Construction Trades

  • WRDE - Delaware Women in Construction

50th Anniversary of Title IX

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the Office of Women’s Advancement and Advocacy is working with the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) to further our state’s commitment to Title IX. Below are two recent articles related to OWAA’s work on Title IX athletics in Delaware:

Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame 40th Anniversary

To mark the 40th anniversary of the prestigious Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame, the Office of Women’s Advancement and Advocacy commissioned Delaware artist Theresa Walton to create portraits of every woman inducted. The exhibition celebrates the tremendous achievement of women from across the state in a variety of professional fields. During the exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum in 2022, the collection was featured in several articles, events, tv shows, magazines, and calendar of events, including: