The Delaware Commission for Women added four female leaders to the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women at its annual induction ceremony March 22.
This year’s inductees have each made contributions throughout their careers to improve the lives of Delawareans. They are retired Delaware Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Berger; State Rep. Debra Heffernan, D-Brandywine Hundred; Janice Nevin, president and CEO of Christiana Care Health System; and the late Kendall M. Wilson, the first executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware.
The inductees were selected based on their careers and the level of their work. To date, 142 women have been inducted to this prestigious group.
“It's an honor to be included among the many outstanding Delaware women who've been inducted into the Hall of Fame,” said Berger, the first woman to sit on Delaware’s Court of Chancery and Supreme Court. “I hope my service will inspire young women to seek judicial careers, and I look forward to the day that one of those women becomes the first female Chief Justice.”
Joan Isken attended the ceremony on behalf of her late mother, Wilson, who championed those who could not afford legal representation as a founder of the Delaware chapter of the ACLU.
“My mother fought hard under great adversity to advocate for others. With her warrior spirit, she never wavered from her quest for justice,” Isken said. “We remain proud of her and are now thankful for her public recognition as she joins the ranks of Delaware’s significant women.”
Heffernan began her career in public service after 25 years in the private sector as an environmental toxicologist. After serving on the Brandywine School Board, she was elected to the Delaware House of Representatives in 2010.
“It is an honor to be among women who have made such exceptional contributions to Delaware. It’s important that we stand together to support women and women’s rights,” said Rep. Heffernan. “I will continue to advocate for those rights in Legislative Hall, as well as in the community, and do not take this honor lightly.”
As the leader of Delaware’s largest health care system, Nevin has overseen a campaign of innovation at Christiana Care.
“I am deeply honored to be recognized by the Commission for Women, with its legacy of making great strides for the women of Delaware. I’m proud to join past and present recipients whom I respect and admire,” said Nevin. “I’m grateful for the commission’s focus on women’s health as part of its core mission. Women’s health is vital for success in our work, in our families and in our society.”
For information, visit commissionforwomen.delaware.gov/hof.shtml.