Frankfort, KY— Three women became a permanent part of the state Capitol on Friday, March 4th as their portraits were unveiled as 2005 recipients of Kentucky Women Remembered. This prestigious honor was bestowed on Dr. Lilialyce Akers of Jefferson County, the late Mary Elliott Flanery, and the late Jeannette Bell Thomas, both of Boyd County.
“For the past 25 years, the Kentucky Women Remembered exhibit has provided the Commission on Women with the rare opportunity to honor outstanding Kentucky females and publicly recognize their achievements,” said Kentucky Commission on Women Executive Director Glenda Woods.
Kentucky Women Remembered began as an exhibit at the 1978 Kentucky State Fair, and included six watercolor portraits of diverse women whose works were non-traditional in the era they lived. After the portraits hung in the commission office, and traveled when funds allowed, the KCW decided the portraits needed a permanent home. In 1996, nearly 20 years after its inception, the exhibit was reintroduced with a nomination process. Kentucky Women Remembered allows the historic contributions of over 40 women to be shared with the thousands who visit the Capitol each year.
Each year the KWR committee, comprised of Commission Board Members, selects one to three Kentucky women to become part of the exhibit and assure their rightful place in our state’s history. Nominations for both the exhibit, and the artist, are accepted in the fall and the portraits are unveiled on the first Friday in March.
Governor Fletcher utilized the occasion to sign a proclamation declaring March as Women's History Month across the Commonwealth.
The Kentucky Commission on Women works to improve the status of the women of Kentucky, educates the public about issues and challenges pertaining to women, and acts as an informational clearinghouse for women around the Commonwealth. WWW.women.ky.gov