Former U.S. first lady, Michelle Obama, along with eight other women including former PepsiCo CEO, Indra Nooyi, soccer icon, Mia Hamm, and NASA mathematician, Katherine Johnson, who died last year, would be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
Others in the list include author Octavia Butler, who died in 2006, Rebecca Halstead, who had a near three-decade career in the military, poet Joy Harjo, artist Judy Chicago, and activist Emily Howland, who died in 1929 and had taught formerly enslaved people how to read and write in refugee settlements where she worked during the American Civil War.
The National Women’s Hall of Fame released names of the members of its Class of 2021 set to be inducted on Oct. 2 on Monday and that the shortlisted members have distinguished themselves in their chosen career and fields.
“Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most influential and iconic women of the 21st century,” the National Women’s Hall of Fame website said.
“The National Women’s Hall of Fame will celebrate the inclusion of these extraordinary women into the Hall at the biennial in-person induction ceremony on October 2, 2021.”
The organization said it was closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in New York state and would plan carefully to ensure that the in-person portion of Induction Weekend is safe for all attendees.
The organizer added that ticket sales would not be opened until April or May and that it would host live virtual streaming of the ceremony, which would be free to the public.
The National Women’s Hall of Fame, in Seneca Falls, New York, was said to be the United States’ oldest membership organization dedicated to honoring and celebrating the achievements of distinguished American women.