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Governor’s Commission for Women Announces 2012 Texas Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees

Monday, August 06, 2012  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

The Texas Governor's Commission for Women will induct five outstanding Texas women into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame, which celebrates accomplishments of those who have made significant contributions in areas such as business, education, philanthropy, military and public service.

"Congratulations to this year's inductees whose outstanding accomplishments continue to make our state the best place to live, work and raise a family," Gov. Perry said. "By recognizing these exceptional women, we are also inspiring young Texans to work hard and become the great leaders of tomorrow."

Inductees are native or current Texas residents whose achievements have significant ties to the state. The women were nominated by their peers and selected by an independent panel of judges. The induction ceremony is open to the public and will be held at Texas Woman's University (TWU) on Friday, October 12 at 10:30 a.m. Guests are asked to RSVP to Judy Elias at TWU by emailing or by calling (940) 898-3209.

The 2012 inductees are:
Arts and Humanities: Barbara Smith Conrad, Center Point
Business: Nina Godiwalla, Houston
Military: Major General (Ret.) Mary Saunders, Denton
Philanthropy: Anne Lesley Corn, Austin
Public Service: Justice Harriet O'Neill, Austin

The Texas Women's Hall of Fame was established in 1984, and more than 100 women have been inducted, including former first ladies, astronauts, entrepreneurs and Olympic athletes. The permanent exhibit honoring these women, which features biographies and photographs of inductees, was established by the Governor's Commission for Women in 2003 at Texas Woman's University in Denton.

For more information about the Texas Women's Hall of Fame, please visit www.twu.edu/twhf.

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