Rev. Julie Johnson Staples receives Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equality Award, inducted into KU Women's Hall of Fame

LAWRENCE — Since 1970, the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity has honored a select group of women to be inducted into the University of Kansas Women’s Hall of Fame. It honors and celebrates KU’s rich legacy of women who, through their transformational leadership and contributions, have changed the world. 

“These women we are honoring this year are leaders and trailblazers in their respective fields who have made substantial contributions through their vision, innovation, creativity and willingness to challenge the status quo. They remind us of the importance of women’s voices, contributions and courage in advancing gender equity.  They have opened doors — holding them open for young women and people of all genders — to follow,” said Kathy Rose-Mockry, the Emily Taylor Center’s director.

This year’s inductees include Lydia Beebe, Jannette Berkley-Patton, Mary Klayder, Sandy Praeger, Julie Johnson Staples and Lynette Woodard.

In addition, the Emily Taylor Center recognizes as the Pioneer Woman an exemplary Kansas woman who has made historic contributions of local or statewide significance. This year’s Pioneer Woman is the first director of the KU Affirmative Action Office and also the first director of the KU Information Center, Shirley Gilham Domer.

Honorees will be recognized, along with the outstanding recipients of the 10 other awards, at the recognition program sponsored by the Emily Taylor Center, supported by the KU student organization Students United for Reproductive and Gender Equity (SURGE).  

Former Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will join the event to introduce the new award created in her honor: the Bernadette Gray-Little “Expanding the Reach” Award. 

The program will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the new Burge Union, Forum, Rooms C & D.  The format for the program has changed this year and is free and open to all. The program is followed by a reception in the same location.

You can find more information and view the other women's Hall of Fame inductees here.