KXAN wants to recognize the great contributions women have made to our nation and local communities. Remarkable Women is part of a nationwide Nexstar Media initiative to honor the influence that women have had on public policy, social progress and the quality of life.
Leading up to International Women’s Day, KXAN will highlight four local women who inspire, lead and forge the way for other women. It’s not just about one day or one month — it’s about what they do, day-in and day-out.
Our four finalists will be eligible to be named our local Remarkable Woman of the Year – and then qualify to be named Nexstar Media Group’s national Woman of the Year. Our Remarkable Women campaign coincides with March’s celebration of Women’s History Month.
Meet the 2021 Remarkable Women finalists
“I opened the shelter because I grew up in foster care so I was going to help kids like me,” Stacy Johnson said. She’s also created a program to help teens who age out of the system get their own home and transition into adulthood. Read More…
Inspired by her daughter’s health issues, Melissa Keller works to help other families through Dell Children’s Children’s Comprehensive Care Clinic. Read More…
Angela Shelf Medearis
“Kitchen Diva” Angela Shelf Medearis saw a need when it came to children’s books and cookbooks, and didn’t let thousands of rejections stop her from successfully publishing more than 100. Read More…
She planned to be a stay-at-home mom — but her superstar work on the PTA led to a volunteer position with an organization providing free legal services to victims of domestic abuse. Within 10 years, she became the CEO. Read More…
Meet last year’s winner and finalists
WINNER: Micki Eubanks
Of all she’s achieved, the current Hutto teacher and former Marine who used to work at the Pentagon seems most proud of the work that doesn’t come with a paycheck: being a mom and serving others. Read More…
When asked what she is most proud of, the 104-year-old says it’s her lawsuit against the Texas Employment Commission for equal-pay. She was the first woman in the state of Texas to win a lawsuit for sex discrimination. Read More…
The language therapist faced the struggle so many parents do: balancing professional fulfillment and quality family time. She took some time off but missed the sense of fulfillment her work provided. That’s when she started her own private practice and groups to support other entrepreneurial moms. Read More…
After her son’s death, this teacher started an organization to spread kidness in schools. The project is not an “anti-bullying” campaign, she says. Instead, it’s a Pro-Kindness message she shares with students all over Texas, even as she creates a safe space in her own classroom. Read More…