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Georgia Women of Achievement

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  • Mary Dorothy Lyndon (1877 - 1924)
    on August 13, 1877 in Newnan, Georgia, Mary Dorothy Lyndon graduated from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, in 1896 with the first dramatic arts degree ever awarded by the college. She was a graduate...
  • Leila Denmark (supercentenarian) (1898 - 2012)
    Medical Pioneer. Though she held records as the oldest and longest practicing physician in America she shall be remembered for her co-development of a vaccine against pertussis (whooping cough). Raised...
  • Mary Givens Bryan (1910 - 1964)
    Eugenia Givens was born in LaGrange in Troup County on 3 September 1910 to Janie Lou Cox Givens (1876-1913) and Young Clyde Givens (1877-1938). After her mother died before Mary’s third birthday, Mary ...
  • Laura Cordelia Pope-Forester (1873 - 1953)
    in a rural area of South Georgia, Laura Pope Forester combined her gifts and her convictions to create an environment that demonstrated both superior artistic genius, and a message that was rarely hear...
  • Allie Murray Smith (1905 - 2000)
    Allethea "Allie" Murray Smith was a teacher, dressmaker and postal worker. She was the mother of former First Lady, Rosalynn Carter.Rosalynn would credit her mother with inspiring her own independence ...

Georgia Women of Achievement

The Georgia Women of Achievement (GWA) recognizes women natives or residents of the U.S. state of Georgia for their significant achievements or statewide contributions. The concept was first proposed by Rosalynn Carter in 1988. The first induction was in 1992 at Wesleyan College, and has continued annually. The induction ceremonies are held each year during March, designated as Women's History Month. The organization consists of a Board of Trustees and a Board of Selections. Nominees must have been dead no less than ten years. Georgians, or those associated with Georgia, are selected based on the individual's impact on society. Nominations are proposed through documentation and an online nomination form, and must be submitted prior to October of any given year. GWA has traveling exhibits and speakers available upon request.


Website (list of honorees)