Address presented at the
The use of the word "best" is not intended to pass judgment on the relative merits of these women, either professionally or personally. It does, however, highlight my desire to focus on their career accomplishments and the professional context within which they and their families lived their lives. Less attention will be given to cataloging the extraordinary difficulties and unusual challenges that many faced, though I acknowledge that these were critical issues.
I am indebted to the record of Professor Emeritus Ellis Leonard's various works - I have referred to him liberally during this presentation. I am also grateful for the personal interviews and written reports contributed by these women and by their family members