Hannah Callowhill Penn was William Penn’s second wife. She played an instrumental role in the development of Pennsylvania. Raised to believe that men and women were created equal, Penn governed the Pennsylvania colony for six years after her husband was incapacitated by a stroke in 1712. After William Penn died, she governed for another eight years in her own name.
Since the fall of 2012, First Lady Susan Corbett has led a team to examine Hannah Penn’s legacy. The team includes The State Museum of Pennsylvania, The Capitol Preservation Committee, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Pennsbury Manor, the Pennsylvania Commission for Women and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
“In researching Hannah Penn’s legacy, it was quickly determined that she deserved her rightful place in the Governor’s Office with all the men who came before and after her,” said First Lady Susan Corbett. “I am proud to see this day become a reality for Hannah Penn and all of the women of Pennsylvania who can learn and be inspired by her hard work, perseverance and dedication.”
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