January 18, 2011
NORMAN — The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women will honor the eight newest inductees into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Oklahoma History Center in April.
Former state Rep. Laura Boyd of Norman is among this year’s honorees.
The program will begin at 3 p.m. April 7 in the Chesapeake Event Center followed by a celebratory reception in the Devon Great Hall.
Inductees are Dr. Boyd; Chloe L. Brown, Tulsa; Joy D. Culbreath, Durant; Marcia J. Mitchell and Kathryn L. Taylor, both of Tulsa; Ardina J. Moore of Miami; Dr. Cynthia S. Ross, Lawton; and Helen Harrod Thompson of Ardmore.
Boyd has spent her entire life at the cross section of education, business and society. She has experience from student to professor, from consultant to small business owner, and from political national leadership mentor to elected office holder.
Boyd served as a state representative from Norman’s House District 44 from 1992 to 1998 and became the first woman to receive the nomination from a major political party for the office of Oklahoma governor in 1998. In 2002, she was a nominee for lieutenant governor. She serves as national co-chair of Women’s Business Policy for President Obama.
In addition to her career as a public servant, Boyd has 16 years teaching experience in positions ranging from lecturer to assistant professor at undergraduate and graduate levels. She has a PhD in psychology and an MS in humanist education/counseling; these degrees are augmented by 24 years of private counseling experience.
The mission of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women is to improve the quality of life for women, families and children in Oklahoma. The commission established the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame in 1982 to recognize Oklahoma women who are pioneers in their field or in projects that benefit Oklahoma, who have made a significant contribution to the state of Oklahoma, who serve or have served as role models to other Oklahoma women, who are “unsung heroes” who have made a difference in the lives of Oklahomans or Americans because of their actions, who have championed other women, women’s issues or who have served as public policy advocates for issues important to women.
Ninety-six women have been previously inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame. A complete list of previous inductees can be found at: http://women.library.okstate.edu/hof.