Distinguished Daughters Nominations

Since 1949, 15 Pennsylvania Governors have named over 550 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 Preservationists, Judges, Journalists, Lawyers, Librarians, Philanthropists, Physicians, Poets, Researchers, Social Activists, Writers.

Each year, the Governor and First Lady host a Presentation Luncheon at the Governor's Residence in Harrisburg where new Distinguished Daughters receive their awards. This is typically held in the September-October timeframe.

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 2024 class of Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania will be accepted between January 16-March 15, 2024. Check out this site in January to download the nomination form.

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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. The Foundation for Enhancing Communities is registered in each state requiring such registration.

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