Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame Includes Century Farm Owner
In 1978, Governor James Rhodes established the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame (OWHF) to spotlight the accomplishments of some notable Ohioans. Women were selected for this honor based on their contributions and leadership in a wide range of fields – sports, law, military service, women’s suffrage and cultural activism, education, government, arts, business and labor, math and science, and more.
You will find among the recipients well-known individuals such as Maya Ying Lin, Tracy Chapman, Jerrie Mock, Toni Morrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Judith Resnik (search the list at www.odjfs.state.oh.us/women/halloffame/search.asp).
Though some inductees may not have that same level of name recognition, their contributions are just as noteworthy in their respective fields.
Highland County Century Farm owner Virginia Milner Purdy was inducted into the OWHF in 1986 for her achievements in broadcasting. At that time, she owned and operated a radio station, WRAC-FM, in West Union, Ohio. Her involvement actually went much deeper, however, as she built the station from the ground up in a converted tobacco barn. Drawing on her background in education, Virginia hosted a daily talk show to help inform and educate listeners. Prior to the station, she taught at Jones Junior High and in the adult education program at Upper Arlington, Tri County Community College and Southern State Community College (Virginia’s biography: www.odjfs.state.oh.us/women/halloffame/bio.asp?ID=249).
Nominations were suspended in 2011, but the Ohioana Library maintains the OWHF program records. For more information, visit www.ohioana.org/collection/whf.asp.
Banner photo: The Milner Century Farm