Arkansas Business City of Distinction 2011


The women inducted into the Hall of Fame have made a major impact on the lives of others and helped to elevate the status of women in our state, our nation, and, in some cases, around the world.

From the Magazine

From the Publisher: Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame Inductees Inspire All

The goal of the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame is to honor, in perpetuity, women whose contributions have influenced their communities or state. read more >

Religious Sisters of Mercy of The Americas: Faith and Fortitude

A hearty group of women who answered a call with faith, kindness and learning, helping transform the state and educate its children read more >

Kay Kelley Arnold: Public Servant

Member of former Gov. Bill Clinton's staff and head of Department of Arkansas Heritage … First Arkansas director of Nature Conservancy field office … former vice president of public affairs at Entergy Corporation, managing foundations, grants and volunteer service … volunteer and member of more than 45 nonprofit and governmental agency advisory boards during nearly 40 years of service … Two-time chair of the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission. read more >

Dr. Bettye Caldwell: Education Visionary

Baylor graduate with masters from the University of Iowa and doctorate from Washington University, St. Louis … former director of Children's Center at Syracuse University … collaborative enrichment program with Dr. Julius Richmond at Syracuse became the foundation for Head Start … principal of Kramer School in Little Rock … longtime faculty member at UALR becoming distinguished professor of early childhood education and distinguished professor emeritus … Ladies Home Journal Woman of the Year, 1978. read more >

Cathy Cunningham: Community Advocate

Historic preservationist … past or current member of several boards and commissions including chair of the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council and founding board member of the Arkansas Main Street Program … first female board member of Arkansas Power & Light (Entergy Arkansas) … Chairman of the development committee of the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) Delta … As Community Development Consultant with Southern Bancorp Community Partners and chair of the Helena Advertising & Promotion Commission, Cunningham led the development and implementation of the Civil War Helena project. read more >

Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders: Champion for Medical Equality

Army veteran … former head of the Arkansas Department of Health … Led charge for sweeping changes to statewide K-12 curriculum … Proponent of school-based sex education, substance abuse prevention and self-esteem programs … First African American and second woman to hold the post of U.S. Surgeon General … recipient of numerous awards and honors including National Institutes of Health career development award and past president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers … professor emeritus at the University of Arkansas School of Medicine. read more >

Dr. Betty Ann Lowe: Physician and Educator

First woman to graduate top of her class at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences … worked in private practice for 25 years … medical director of Arkansas Children's Hospital … associate dean of pediatrics at UAMS … namesake of the Betty Ann Lowe M.D. Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Education … winner of numerous awards and a member of multiple boards and committees as well as President Bill Clinton's task force for healthcare reform … first Arkansan and second woman to become president of the American Academy of Pediatrics read more >

Lottie Holt Shackelford: Political Pioneer

First female and second African-American mayor of Little Rock. … member with leadership positions in a number of organizations including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) … former co-chair and vice chair emeritus of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) ... chair of DNC Women's Caucus … helped found the Women's Foundation of Arkansas … member of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame. read more >

Patti Upton: Entrepreneur

Business leader … innovator … philanthropist … Member, University of Arkansas Business Hall of Fame … Fortune 500 board member … fashion icon. Honored as Arkansas Business Woman Owner of the Year and her company was named Arkansas Business of the Year. read more >

Pat Walker: Philanthropist

Charitable foundation founder … healthcare advocate … rancher … mother and grandmother … Sunday school teacher … named one of the Most Distinguished Women in Arkansas … multiple award-winner and honorary society member. Her family name appears on theaters, senior centers, medical facilities and education programs. read more >