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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.

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Women’s Health Kiosk Open In West Louisville

State and local officials have unveiled the first of what they hope will be many wellness kiosks that provide health information to women in underserved areas of Kentucky.  

The first one is in west Louisville, at the Park DuValle Community Health Center.

Kentucky Commission on Women Executive Director Eleanor Jordan says the kiosk has an easy to use touch screen and contains wide-ranging wellness information, including preventive measures.

“There are many ways to get women to the doctor once. but how do you get them to come back when they’re not sick? Every woman doesn’t have immediate access to a health care provider. There are still many women who can’t get on a website to get information, because of the digital divide we still have in Kentucky,” she said.

The kiosk was funded by a combination of state, federal and private funds.

Jordan says another one is planned soon in western Kentucky.