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Nominations for the 2023 class of Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania will be accepted between January 17-March 15, 2023. Check this site in January 2023 to download the nomination form.

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Governor and First Lady Wolf Recognize Pennsylvania’s 2022 Distinguished Daughters

Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf recognized 11 women as this year’s Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania, highlighting their extraordinary achievements and contributions to the commonwealth at an event at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg on Wednesday.

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Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Recognize 8 Notable Women as Pennsylvania’s 2019 Distinguished Daughters

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today honored eight outstanding women as this year’s Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. The women were recognized for their achievements at an event at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.

“These women are being recognized today because of a unique and important contribution each has made to the commonwealth,” Governor Wolf said. “They make us all PA Proud, and we are honored to name them as Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania.”

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Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Recognize 6 Notable Women as Pennsylvania’s 2018 Distinguished Daughters

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today honored six outstanding women as this year’s Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. The women were recognized with medals for their achievements at an event at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.

“These women are being recognized today because of a unique and important contribution each has made to the commonwealth,” Governor Wolf said. “They make us all PA Proud, and we are honored to name them as Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania.”

The 2018 Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania include Edith Bell (Pittsburgh), Mary Lou McLaughlin (Pittsburgh), Siobhan A. Reardon (Philadelphia), Dr. Carol Shields (Bryn Mawr), Judith M. von Seldeneck (Philadelphia), and Judy Wicks (Philadelphia).

Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Recognize 8 Women as Pennsylvania’s 2017 Distinguished Daughters

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today recognized eight outstanding women from across the state as this year’s Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. The women were honored with medals for their achievements at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.

“This incredible group of women is here today because of a unique and important contribution each has made in her own community and beyond,” Governor Wolf said. “Frances and I recognize their hard work and dedication, and we are honored to name them as Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania.”

The 2017 Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania include Dr. Jeanne Donlevy Arnold (Lebanon), Laurada Byers (Philadelphia), Mary Colvert Carroll (Naalehu, HI), Diane P. Holder (Pittsburgh), Susan Kemenyffy (McKean), Beverly Lange (Ardmore), Andrea Mitchell (Washington, D.C), and Cynthia Shapira (Pittsburgh).

“Tom and I are proud to honor 2017’s Distinguished Daughters, who have given so much of themselves to others, in both their professional and philanthropic lives,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “We can’t thank them enough for the impact they have made, and hope that this important distinction will help inspire the next generation of Pennsylvania girls and women to set their own bars high.”

Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania began in 1948 to honor women who have shown distinguished service through professional careers and/or voluntary service. The women are nominated to receive the honor by non-profit organizations within Pennsylvania. They do not need to be natives of Pennsylvania, but must have lived in the commonwealth at some point.

Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Honor 10 Women as Pennsylvania’s 2016 Distinguished Daughters

Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania are grateful for the support of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition for their video interview with each of the 2016 Daughters. This inspirational video captures the unique qualities of the extraordinary women honored each year by the Governor of Pennsylvania.

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2016-2017 Distinguished Daughters Executive Committee with Frances Wolf

22168915335_67feb6c256_o 1024x683 2016-2017 Distinguished Daughters Executive Committee with Frances Wolf

left to right: Susan Shoval, Lynn Yeakel, Michele Ridge, Frances Wolf, Judith Horgan, Suzanne Yenchko, Jeanne Schmedlen

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