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Georgia Women of Achievement Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees
Andrews, Taylor, and Williams honored for contributions to state and beyond
The Georgia Women of Achievement Induction Ceremony is an annual event held during Women's History Month. This year's event will begin at 11:00am in Pierce Chapel on the Wesleyan Campus and will be followed by a reception and seated luncheon in the stately Anderson Dining Hall, Wesleyan.
Georgia Women of Achievement will recognize the contributions of three women whose contributions are extremely noteworthy, courageous, and impactful.
Ludie Clay Andrews (1872-1969) of Milledgeville was the first African American Registered Nurse in Georgia and the founder of the Grady Hospital Municipal Training School of Colored Nurses. She committed her life to interracial social change and public health access for all.
Susie Baker King Taylor (1848-1912) of Midway escaped plantation slavery and went on to open three schools for African American children and adults. She championed the Army Nurse Pension Act of 1892 and wrote and self-published her memoir in 1902.
Mamie George S. Williams (1872-1951) of Savannah was the first female and first African American woman on the National Committee of the Republican Party and was the first woman in history to speak from the floor at a National Republican Convention.
Jamil Zainaldin, President Emeritus of Georgia Humanities, will be the keynote speaker for this year's Induction Ceremony. From his days in graduate school, Jamil had a strong attraction to both history and law. He decided on history because of the appeal of the broad historical questions and the framework that they provided for exploring all aspects of human experience. Jamil served as the head of the Georgia Humanities Council from 1997-2018 and has had the opportunity to work directly on projects that bring humanities, and especially history, to the people of Georgia.
Georgia Women of Achievement was created in 1990 to honor women of Georgia's history who contributed extensively to the community through their professional and personal lives. Honorees must have exceptional accomplishments, be a continuous inspiration, and deceased for a minimum of five years. The three 2018 inductees will be among the almost ninety other women previously honored by Georgia Women of Achievement.
To register for the event or to become a sponsor, please visit www.georgiawomen.org or contact this year's GWA Event Chair, Vivia Fowler, at (478) 757-5212.
Vivia Fowler, Event Chair, (478) 757-5212
Betty Hollan, Exec Director, (404) 328-8555