The Melbourne Press Club has entered Patience Thoms into their Hall of Fame. She has been listed on the Australian Women's Register for many years.
A highly competent journalist, Patience Thoms served as President of BPW Australia (1960-1964) and International President (1968-1971). She travelled widely in these roles, and wrote a history The First 25 Years of BPW Australia, in which she identified the diversity of challenges for women in post-war Australian society from securing equal education to the injustices of superannuation schemes. Her entry in the Hall of Fame recognises that Patience Thoms redefined coverage of women’s issues in Queensland’s leading newspaper and gave women a voice in the newsroom.