Women of Achievement, Inc. was founded in 1984 by a group of women dedicated to honoring the extraordinary women who have made Memphis and Shelby County better through their lives and accomplishments. The coalition of diverse civic and professional groups and support agencies organizes events to recognize and celebrate these women.

The Memphis Women’s Legacy Trail is a project to document, remember, and celebrate the women of Memphis, Tennessee that have made a lasting impact on the city through their work and lives. Compiled by Dr. Beverly Bond, Dr. Margaret Caffrey, Judy Card, Deborah Clubb, Dr. Gail Murray, Jimmy Ogle, and Laura Todd, the brochure and information is the first of its kind in Memphis. Our goal is to raise funds to expand the project in hopes to share the stories, history, and vision of these remarkable Memphis women.

Click here to learn more about the Memphis Women’s Legacy Trail.

From left to right: Mary E. Mitchell, Maxine Starling Strawder, Carol Danehower, Jane H. Hooker, Rachel Coats Greer, Mildred Richard-Edwards

Gabriela Salinas
Cornelia Crenshaw
Estelle Axton

Nine local women who stand up and speak out were celebrated as Women of Achievement on Sunday March 24, 2019 at a reception at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis – 35 years after the first awards in 1984 at the New Daisy Theater on Beale Street. WMC News anchor Kontji Anthony hosted the awards ceremony.

The new Memphis Women’s Legacy Trail was also unveiled – featuring a printed guide, online historic content and soon a mobile app, all created by Women of Achievement historians and researchers.

Our 2019 Women of Achievement honorees are:
Courage – Mildred Richard-Edwards, HIV/AIDS advocate
Determination – Rachel Coats Greer, Binghamton community advocate, and Mary E. Mitchell, Orange Mound community advocate
Heritage – Estelle Axton, co-founder STAX recording studio, and Cornelia Crenshaw, civil rights activist
Heroism – Gabriela Salinas, cancer survivor, scientist, legislative candidate
Initiative – Maxine Starling Strawder, dancer
Steadfastness – Dr. Jane H. Hooker, women’s sports advocate
Vision – Dr. Carol Danehower, domestic violence researcher and educator

Memphis Magazine’s October issue features Women of Achievement and its 2018 awardees.
The article can be seen here.

 View the full list of all Honorees here.

Find membership form online here.

The Donate button below will take you to PayPal at the Memphis Area Women’s Council website, where you can make your Women of Achievement dues payment via credit card. Make checks payable to Women of Achievement, mailed to 2574 Sam Cooper Blvd. Memphis, TN 38112.

This button will take you to PayPal at the Memphis Area Women’s Council where you can make payment for Women of Achievement reservations. Please email any additional guests’s names to dclubb@memphiswomen.org


Make checks payable to Women of Achievement, mailed to 2574 Sam Cooper Blvd. Memphis, TN 38112.

To order the book series which highlights the first 30 years of Women of Achievement, call 901-378-3866.