Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania

Michele M. Ridge, President
As President of the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania, I commend Governor Tom Wolf to continue the proud tradition of honoring outstanding women from across the Commonwealth. Governor Duff began the tradition of designating Pennsylvania women as Distinguished Daughters in 1948. Since then, thirteen Governors have named more than 500 women to this exclusive group.

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 their communities, their Commonwealth and/or their country. Women recognized as Distinguished Daughters include:

Architects Artists Athletes Business Executives Civic Leaders Educators
Entrepreneurs Environmentalists Government Officials Historic Preservationists Judges Journalists Philanthropists Physicians Poets Researchers Social Activists Writers

Each year the Governor and First Lady host an Awards Luncheon at the Governor’s residence where new Distinguished Daughters receive their awards. Confidential nominations are submitted by non-profit organizations, without the nominee’s knowledge. Self nominations are not accepted.
Michele M. Ridge

Distinguished Daughters is a project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. 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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