Due to the extraordinary impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the non profit organizations that nominate outstanding women for consideration as Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania, as well as the uncertainty of timing for when the Distinguished Daughters could meet to evaluate and celebrate nominees, we have made the difficult decision to postpone --for a second year--the selection of nominees for this year (2021). We are confident that we will resume full operation by January 2022. All nominations that were submitted in 2020 will be reviewed as submitted, unless revisions are proposed by nominators. Nothing further is required for nominations submitted in 2020.
We look forward to welcoming additional nominations from January 15 through March 15, 2022.
Page Talbott, President
Distinguished Daughters Nominations
Since 1949, Pennsylvania Governors have named more than 500 women as Distinguished Daughters. This 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, the Commonwealth and the nation. Those selected for this prestigious honor are nominated annually by public-minded Pennsylvania non profit organizations. Women recognized as Distinguished Daughters include:
Architects, Artists, Athletes, Business Executives, Civic Leaders, Educators, Entrepreneurs, Environmentalists, Government Officials, Historic Preservations, 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 in Harrisburg where new Distinguished Daughters receive their awards.
To submit a nomination, complete the online form In preparation for completing the form, you may wish to download the Sample Form and use the character limit in the Summary of Qualifications section as a guide for completing the text fields in the form.
Nominations for the 2020 class of Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania will be accepted between January 15-March 15, 2020. Check this site in January to download the nomination form.
The mission of Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania is to recommend to the Governor outstanding women to be honored for their extraordinary service and contributions to the Commonwealth.