Oklahoma State Superintendent Sandy Garrett received the Kate Barnard Award that recognizes “outstanding women in public service.”
Garrett was the first woman elected to the state’s top education position and has served five consecutive terms.
The award has been given by the Oklahoma Commission for the Status of Women since 1998, and it is named for Kate Barnard, the first woman elected to statewide office not only in Oklahoma but in the United States.
Barnard was elected in 1907 as the Oklahoma Commissioner of Charities and Corrections.
“Kate Barnard spent her life championing issues impacting women and children, and I have strived to do that in mine,” Garrett said in a media release.