Welcome from the President

Dear Colleagues:

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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