The Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame has announced its second class of inductees and two Philander alumni are among the illustrious group. Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn M. Elders, '52, and former Little Rock Mayor Lottie Shackleford, '79, are two of the nine to be honored on August 25, 2016.
Joycelyn Elders, the first person in the state of Arkansas to become board certified in pediatric endocrinology, was the fifteenth Surgeon General of the United States, and the first African American and only the second woman to head the U.S. Public Health Service. A longtime and outspoken advocate of public health, Elders was appointed Surgeon General by former President (and Arkansas native) Bill Clinton in 1993.
Lottie H. Shackelford has made history throughout her impressive 40 plus years in local, state and national politics. In 1987, she became the first woman to be elected Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas. Six years later, President Bill Clinton appointed her to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), making her the first African American woman to serve on that Board. She also has the distinction of having the longest tenure as Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), having served for 20 years and is currently Vice Chair Emeritus and Chair of the DNC Women’s Caucus.