According to the co-chair of the judging committee, Judy Abbott, they select inductees based on the enduring impact that candidates make on women across the state.
"It's incredible. I am just so humbled by the whole thing, and honored." said Cote.
She was recognized for her advocacy, specifically for LGBTQ students and women's health education.
"If you can see it you can be it" Cote said. "I think that's a great saying and a great way to put the idea of being a role model for young women."
Governor Mills was the second and final inductee of the afternoon.
"They sent me an invitation and told me they were interested in inducting me into the Maine Women's Hall of Fame and I was very pleased and honored' she said.
Mills was recognized for her long lists of "firsts" which include being the first female District Attorney in New England and first female Governor of Maine.
"This kind of thing boosts me, boosts my spirits a lot" Mills added. "I hope it boosts the spirits of a lot of women and girls out there who can be things they want to be now. Hopefully we're setting an example of women succeeding in all walks of life."