Virginia Hart Special Recognition Awards

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Virginia Hart was Wisconsin’s first woman cabinet member.  Virginia Hart served as Secretary of the Department of Regulation and Licensing, chairperson of the Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations, and chairperson of the Labor and Industry Review Commission.

Upon her retirement from state service in 1983, friends and colleagues established a fund in her name for recognizing a woman in Wisconsin state service each year.  The award’s emphasis is on recognizing “unsung heroines” in state service, thus providing encouragement and recognition to all women in state government. The award seeks to recognize women who share the following qualities: esteem from peers; acceptance of responsibility beyond the limits of the nominee’s job description; sustained, extraordinary achievement of assigned tasks; performance recognition from clients; community service; self-improvement; and overcoming handicaps to performance.

On March 24, 2007, Virginia Hart passed away at the age of 92.  Virginia Hart’s grace and integrity will be missed by many who knew her.  

The Virginia Hart Special Recognition Award is administered by the Office of State Employment Relations.  Please click on the links below to read more about recent Virginia Hart Award honorees:

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