Beshear Honors Three New Inductees in Kentucky Women Exhibit

Joining the Kentucky Commission on Women, Gov. Steve Beshear honored three distinguished women on Tuesday for their illustrious careers and significant contributions to the commonwealth.

The governor announced that Willa Beatrice Brown, Joan Riehm and Crit Luallen were inducted into the “Kentucky Women Remembered” exhibit to mark Women’s History Month. As part of the honor, their portraits will be displayed alongside past inductees in the state Capitol.

“These honorees have made a meaningful difference throughout their years of service and have paved the way for the success of Kentucky women, both now and in the future. Jane and I are proud to recognize these individuals for this distinction and hope their influence and achievements will continue to be appreciated and acknowledged for years to come,” says Beshear.

The honor comes posthumously to Brown and Riehm. Brown was the first African-American woman to be licensed to fly in the United States and Riehm was the first female deputy mayor of Louisville, who served for 15 years.

Luallen worked for six Kentucky governors and recently completed her second term as state auditor.