For Immediate Release
Mary Rose Wilcox one of 48 “Most Intriguing Women of Arizona”
Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, former Govs. Jane Dee Hull and Rose Mofford, Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi and Hospice of the Valley executive Susan Levine are among 48 women honored as “Most Intriguing Women of Arizona”, a Centennial Legacy Project.
The women were selected for their years of public service, enhancing the lives of others. The project was a partnership of the Arizona Historical Society and the Arizona Community Foundation, which will recognize the winners at a March 26 luncheon at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale.
Wilcox, an Arizona native, has been a longtime community activist and elected official. She served on the Phoenix City Council and five terms on the board of supervisors. She was part of a group that established the downtown Phoenix Human Services Campus and one of the leaders of the original neighborhood “Fight Back” movement. As an elected official, she cast the deciding votes on building both the America West Arena and Bank One Ballpark.
Among the other honorees: Arizona State University administrator Christine Kajikawa Wilkinson, Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein, philanthropist Jeanne Herberger, Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs, former Superior Court Barbara Mundell and Cindy McCain.
The award recognizes women throughout Arizona and includes a special Legacy category for those Arizona women making significant national influence or global impact. These include former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Grammy-winning recording artist Linda Ronstadt, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.