Women of Achievement, the signature local event celebrating and preserving women’s history in Memphis and Shelby County, will host a reception on Nov. 16 honoring two past honorees and announcing plans for the 35
th annual awards celebration.
Historians Dr. Beverly Bond, 2012 Woman of Achievement for Vision, and Dr. Janann Sherman, 2001 Woman of Achievement for Vision, will talk about how they unearth facts of women's lives and why they are determined to share those stories.
A reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the conversation will follow from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue. Historian Dr. Gail Murray, retired from Rhodes College, will host the conversation and audience questions.
Beverly and Janann are co-authors of several volumes of Memphis history. In addition, Janann, retired from the University of Memphis, wrote biographies of Sen. Margaret Chase Smith and aviator Phoebe Omlie and extensively on women’s suffrage. Beverly, UofM associate professor of history, also co-authored two volumes on Tennessee women and writes frequently on black women in Memphis from the early 1800s to the beginning of the twentieth century with a focus on antebellum enslaved and free black women.
The Nov. 16 event will be free and is handicap accessible. Students of all ages are especially encouraged to attend. For more information contact
On March 24, 2019, for the 35
year, awards will be given and the stories told of seven remarkable, change-making community leaders at a reception at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis. These seven will join the roll of 249 women plus the Yellow Fever Martyrs and suffragists previously honored whose stories are collected on the
Women of Achievement website
In addition, a special women’s history project WA is undertaking in partnership with Shelby County Historian Jimmy Ogle will be unveiled.
nominations for WA can be submitted at any time but are due on or before Jan. 15, 2019. Find the nomination
To join WA and be part of the selections process and production of the awards event, find a membership form at the website or contact Deborah Clubb