Women's Commission

History

The DCWC has taken a leading role in recognizing the efforts and ingenuity of women throughout our community. The Commission spearheads the yearly recognition of women’s accomplishments every March, which has been designated nationally and locally by Delaware County Council as Women’s History Month. A variety of events have been held under the auspices of Women’s History Month, including the selection of the annual Delaware County Woman of Achievement, recognizing the achievement of women who are taking an active role in improving the community, and the DCWC Women’s Hall of Fame inductee, spotlighting the lives of outstanding women in the county’s history. In 2005, Comcast, Commerce Bank, ConocoPhilips, the Delaware County Republican Women’s Committee, Interboro BPW, Michael F. X. Gillin, Esq., PECO Energy, and Vollmer Associates provided financial support for these activities. The Commission also plans to develop a booklet honoring the historical accomplishments of individual women.

In 1986, the DCWC created the Woman of Achievement Award to recognize the efforts of individuals and organizations that have positively impacted Delaware County. Members of the community submit nominations for this award, and each year, the honorees are celebrated at the annual Recognition Reception. Criteria for selection include a lifetime record of accomplishment, a career in a non-traditional role or the overcoming of significant obstacles to success, community involvement, and a continuing contribution to the community on behalf of women and girls. Since the establishment of the Women’s Hall of Fame, the Commission has selected one woman per year to be inducted. The lone exception to this was 1996. In honor of the 10th anniversary of the award, 10 women were selected for this honor.

The DCWC Women’s Hall of Fame was established in 1992 as a partner to the Woman of Achievement award, posthumously recognizing the efforts of great women. Those elected to the Hall of Fame are chosen for extraordinary achievement and historical contribution to the quality of life in Delaware County.

The Hall of Fame and the Women of Achievement are currently 70 women strong, with 7 organizations and the suffragists of Delaware County also included in the ranks of those honored. Previous honorees are:

Year of Induction

Hall of Fame

1992

Mary Barton Luckie

1861-1933

1993

Dorothy Biddle James

1900-1985

1994

Graceana Lewis

1821-1912

1995

Delaware County Suffragists -

75th Anniversary

1996

Dr. Dorothy Dunning Chacko

1904-1992

1997

Mary (Polly) Frazer

1745-1830

1998

Julie DeJohn Patterson

1928-1996

1999

Ethel Waters

1900-1977

2000

Sr. Mary Liguori, SHCJ

1912-1995

2001

Mary Ann Arty

1926-2000

2002

Patricia Caputo

1943-2001

2003

Patricia Holsten, Esq.

1946-2002

2004

Lillian Holton

1922-2002

2005

Mary C. Pileggi

1930-2005