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.

For More Information, visit the Women of Achievement website.

Nominations for awards come from across the community. Since the first celebration in 1985, 257 individual women plus two groups, the Yellow Fever martyrs and local suffragists, have been honored at events that draw up to 500 people. A three-volume book series captures the biographical essays and photographs of the WA honorees. All essays and images can be also be found on the website, womenofachievement.org.


One of the three cases featuring Women of Achievement memorabilia at the Vasco A. Smith Jr. Shelby County Administration building in early 2019.


One of three cases featuring Women of Achievement memorabilia in the downtown Memphis building, including a large banner with images of all honorees.

Women of Achievement is in the news:

Women of Achievement honorees Maxine Strawder and Rachel Greer were interviewed on Live at 9! Watch the video here.

Visit WomenofAchievement.org