The former first lady will be joined by eight other powerful women. They all join the Class of 2021 of the US National Women’s Hall of Fame.
Michelle Obama, the former first lady, is all set to be inducted into the United States National Women's Hall of Fame. She will be joined by eight other powerful women, including former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, soccer icon Mia Hamm, and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson who unfortunately passed away last year. The National Women’s Hall of Fame announced the members of its Class of 2021 on Monday. The new members will be inducted on October 2 later this year. Naming Obama, the National Women’s Hall of Fame called her an "influential and iconic woman," Reuters reports.
"Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most influential and iconic women of the 21st century," the official website for the National Women’s Hall of Fame reads. "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 induction ceremony is currently being planned as an in-person event in the state of New York. Therefore, the organization announced that it was "closely monitoring the situation" with regard to the ongoing public health crisis. They affirmed that the Induction Weekend would be safe for all those in attendance.
Obama will be joined by eight other powerful women as members of the Class of 2021. In addition to Nooyi, Hamm, and Johnson, others in the list include Octavia Butler, who passed away in 2006; Rebecca Halstead, who had a near three-decade career in the military; poet Joy Harjo; artist Judy Chicago; and activist Emily Howland. Howland died in 1929 and is most famous for her legacy of teaching formerly enslaved people how to read and write while residing in refugee settlements. She worked in these refugee settlements during the American Civil War. Those interested in attending the Induction Weekend will be able to purchase tickets online. However, ticket sales will not be opened until April or May.
Even if you cannot attend the event in person, you can always watch the induction ceremony live as the organization plans to host a virtual streaming of the ceremony. This is slated to be free to the general public. According to the organization, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, in Seneca Falls, New York, is the oldest membership organization dedicated to honoring and celebrating the achievements of distinguished American women. Established in 1969, other notable inductees include Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, poet Maya Angelou, and former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Needless to say, the former first lady is in good company.