FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear joined the Kentucky Commission on Women Tuesday to honor three women for their careers and contributions to the state.
Willa Beatrice Brown, Crit Luallen and Joan Riehm were inducted into the “Kentucky Women Remembered” exhibit.
As part of the honor, their portraits will be displayed alongside past inductees in the state Capitol.
The honor comes posthumously to Brown and Riehm.
Brown was the first African-American woman to be licensed to fly in the United States. Riehm served for 15 years as the first female deputy mayor of Louisville. Luallen worked for six Kentucky governors and recently completed her second term as state auditor.
“Kentucky Women Remembered,” overseen by the Kentucky Commission on Women, began in 1978 and consists of portraits depicting outstanding women in Kentucky’s history.
The exhibit found a permanent home in the Capitol in 1996 after many years of traveling around the state.
With the three current inductees, the exhibit boasts 65 portraits of outstanding women in Kentucky.