Maine Women’s Hall of Fame
Cosponsored by the BPW/Maine Futurama Foundation and the University of Maine at Augusta, the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame is dedicated to women whose achievements have had a significant statewide impact, have significantly improved the lives of women, and whose contributions provided enduring value for women. The annual Induction Ceremony, held on the third Saturday of March each year, is an outstanding public event where one or two women of achievement are honored.
The late Cornelia “Fly Rod” Thurza Crosby
Writer, promoter and natural resource advocate for Maine’s great outdoors. One of the first voices in the nation to encourage women to break the bonds of their traditional roles in the American home to benefit from a healthy life outdoors and take their rightful place as equals to men in all sport and outdoor activity.
A tireless advocate in the Maine Legislature to help establish some of Maine’s earliest wildlife management laws to end the unsustainable practices of her day.
Awarded Maine Guide Badge Number One for her extensive efforts to ensure that all Maine Guides to become registered with the state to better care for the safety and experience of Maine’s outdoors recreationists.
As an Olympian and community activist, Julia Clukey has championed the advancement of opportunities for girls and young women in Maine.
Julia Clukey graduated in 2003 from Cony High School; she went on to graduate Magnum Cum Laude from DeVry University earning her B.S in electrical engineering. From 2003-2016 she was a member of the USA Luge National team competing at the Olympic, world, and national level. She currently serves on the USA Luge Board of Directors, and the Athletes Advisory Committee focusing her energy on inclusion & safe sport initiatives.
Julia has received numerous honors and awards for her service to her community, her state, and her country including being given a key to the city of Augusta in 2010, inductee to the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 2014, the 2013 Female athlete of the year, and named by Maine Magazine as 1 of 50 Mainers “Boldly leading our state”.
Beyond her professional and athletic achievements, Julia is a true role model for young girls. She founded Pathways to Potential; A Maine based non-profit with the unwavering belief that all students, regardless of income or background, deserve a quality education and career success. In 2010 Julia launched a “Julia Inspires campaign” that focuses on encouraging students to find their passion, create a plan and have the courage to go after their dreams. Since 2012, each summer Julia hosts “Julia Clukey’s Camp for Girls at Camp KV“on Maranacook Lake in Readfield, Maine. The camp was designed for girls ages 8-11 as a place to develop self-confidence and a healthy lifestyle. In 2018 she has partnered with St. Joseph’s University to host a the Empow-HER leadership conference for High School girls focused on allowing them to leverage their distinct combination of brilliance, determination, and uniqueness to make our community a better place. To date her programs have reached more than 24,000 students.
Named to the Maine BPW Hall of Fame
Sally Ann Parks, Past State President of BPW Maine
Chair of the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame, 2003 – 2016
Also served as Secretary and Trustee of the BPW Maine Futurama Foundation