Maine Women’s Hall of Fame to honor 2020 inductees Betty-Jane Stanhope Meader and Joanne D’Arcangelo and 2021 inductees Joyce T. Gibson and Leigh Saufley in ceremony that coincides with Women’s History Month

Date: Saturday, March 20 at 1 p.m. 

Location: virtual event. This event is open to the public, however, an RSVP is required. To register for this event and receive the Zoom link, please visit:

This year’s virtual event will combine the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame 31st and 32nd annual induction ceremonies into one virtual event. The program will include opening remarks from President of the Business and Professional Women/Maine Futurama Foundation Myra Chaloult and University of Maine at Augusta President Rebecca Wyke. 

Gov. Janet Mills, herself a 2019 Maine Women’s Hall of Fame inductee, as well as Maine’s Congressional Delegation; U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a 2011 Maine Women’s Hall of Fame inductee, U.S. Senator Angus King, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a 2001 Maine Women’s Hall of Fame inductee, and Congressman Jared Golden have been invited to provide recorded greetings for the honorees. 

2020 Inductees

Joanne D’Arcangelo – Feminist activist and political strategist, policy advocate and lobbyist, State House staffer and non-profit leader.

Betty-Jane Stanhope Meader – Retired fashion merchandising/retail management and marketing professor at Thomas College, former state president of the American Association of University Women of Maine and the Maine Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, advocate for women’s rights and life skills, community volunteer, patron of the arts and film, and devoted family member and friend.

2021 Inductees

Joyce Gibson – A ‘Drum Major for Justice’ leveraging educational expertise and community resources to promote positive leadership and equitable treatment of women and girls across Maine, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Southern Maine and former Dean of Lewiston-Auburn College.

Leigh Saufley – Maine native, first female Chief Justice, current Dean of Maine Law, lifelong supporter of justice for children and youth.

For full bios of the 2020 and 2021 inductees, please visit

The Maine Women’s Hall of Fame was established in 1990 by the Maine Federation of Business and Professional Women. The Hall of Fame is dedicated to women whose achievements have had a significant statewide impact, have significantly improved the lives of women, and whose contributions provided enduring value for women.  The induction ceremony is usually held at the University of Maine at Augusta on the third Saturday of March, in observance of Women’s History Month. This year’s event is being held virtually in compliance with CDC and Maine restrictions on large gatherings.  UMA maintains a permanent Maine Women’s Hall of Fame display of photographs and citations for all honoree in the Bennett D. Katz Library.

The BPW/Maine Futurama Foundation maintains an active scholarship program. Since 1962, when the first small scholarship was presented, it has been helping Maine women achieve economic self-sufficiency by awarding scholarships to outstanding and deserving women. Recipients of these scholarships have gone on to contribute to the economic well-being of their families and the State of Maine.