HISTORY OF THE MAINE WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME

The Maine Women’s Hall of Fame was established in 1990 by the Maine Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW/Maine). The University of Maine at Augusta has been a co-sponsor since the beginning.

The Hall of Fame is dedicated to women who have met these specific criteria: The woman’s achievements have had a significant statewide impact, the woman’s achievements significantly improved the lives of women in Maine, and the woman’s contribution has enduring value for women.

Nominations are submitted by a variety of organizations, businesses, or individuals. The deadline for nominations is December 1st. An independent panel of judges reviews the nominations with careful consideration to select one or two honorees to be inducted each year.

Each year’s ceremony has been held at the University of Maine at Augusta during the month of March, in observance of Women’s History Month. The University of Maine at Augusta has generously provided the site for the display of photographs and citations for each honoree. The event is now held on the third Saturday of March where a Silver Tea is held prior to honor our new and previous honorees.

Beginning in 1998, the BPW/Maine Futurama Foundation took on co-sponsorship role, and several Foundation trustees have volunteered their time and attention to the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame along with their stewardship of the Futurama Foundation scholarships awarded annually to Maine women.