Welcome from the President

Dear Colleagues:

I want to welcome and congratulate the wonderful group of 2013′s Distinguished Daughers described in the website’s roster of new DDs; and thank my predecessor, Susan Belin for her excellent leadership of the Distinquished Daughters over the last two years, during which we made organizational leaps forward: including adoption of a new mission statement growing out of a strategic planning process; and becoming an organization under the umbrella of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities located in Harrisburg. This affiliation enables us to take advantage of TFEC’s accounting and management services, as well as providing opportunity for our members and donors to make tax deductible contributions to the Distinguished Daughters. We have also undertaken to update the state archives of the Distinquished Daughters, working with the State archivist to assure permanent preservation of the records of the Distinquished Daughters and their accomplishements going back to 1949, the first year ln which Governor Duff recognized a roster of Distinguished Daughters, which continues to grow as an important record of the accomplishments of Pennsylvania women.

The tradition of honoring women of distinction in Pennsylvania began in 1948 when Governor James Duff initiated Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. In 1949 the first group of seventeen women from throughout the state was recognized for their significant contributions to their community, their state and/or their country. Since then, thirteen Governors have named 475 women as Distinguished Daughters.

For more than six decades an impressive cross-section of talented, dedicated, and influential women from every part of the state have been honored for the significant, positive impact their work has had in Pennsylvania and beyond. These women include:


Throughout this site you will find information about the Distinguished Daughters organization, the nomination process for new Distinguished Daughters and a fascinating look at the biographies of all the women who have been recognized with this unique honor.  To search for someone who has been designated a Distinguished Daughter since 2008, enter her name in the search field at the upper right corner of the site, then click on the search button.  Women named previously appear in the prior-years directory, which can be opened from the Roster page.

Michele Ridge

Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania is a project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, fiscal sponsor. The official registration and financial information of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.  Registration does not imply endorsement.

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