Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry and First Lady Honor Texas Women’s Hall of Fame 2012 Inductees

Friday, October 12, 2012  •  Denton, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry inducted five outstanding Texans into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame, which celebrates women's accomplishments and significant contributions in business, education, philanthropy, and military and public service.

"Whether in the arts, education, leadership or health and social service, these women have made their marks. However, more important than their individual accomplishments is the inspiration they've given to the girls and young women of tomorrow," Gov. Perry said. "These outstanding women are proof that no obstacle is ever too big and no dream too distant if you're willing to work hard for it, persevere and believe in yourself and those around you."

"Perhaps my favorite thing about this Hall of Fame is that it exists right here at Texas Woman's University," First Lady Anita Perry said. "The women here today are being honored for what they've accomplished so far in their careers, but should also be lauded for what they mean to Texas and to the generations of women who will follow in their footsteps."

Inductees to the Texas Women's Hall of Fame 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 2012 inductees are:

Arts and Humanities: Barbara Smith Conrad - Center Point
Business: Nina Godiwalla - Houston
Military: Retired Maj. Gen. 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. Since then, 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


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