Announcement That Michelle Obama Will Be Inducted Into Women's Hall Of Fame Turns Heads

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On Monday, the National Women’s Hall of Fame announced that former first lady Michelle Obama will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame this year. 

Michelle was named as one of the members of its Class of 2021, scheduled to be inducted on October 2. 

The organization celebrated her as “one of the most influential and iconic women of the 21st century” through her role as the first Black first lady and her work and ambitions afterwards.

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“Both in and out of the White House, Michelle Obama has accomplished her initiatives and so much more—becoming an advocate for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education, international adolescent girls’ education, and serving as a role model for women and young girls everywhere,” the organization wrote. 

The nine-person class also includes retired Brig. Gen. Rebecca Halstead, the first female senior commanding general for logistics to command combat at the strategic level in Iraq. 

Other class members include former PepsiCo Chief Executive Indra Nooyi, soccer player Mia Hamm, artist Judy Chicago and Native American artist Joy Harjo. 

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The late NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who passed away last year, and the late author Octavia Butler and abolitionist Emily Howland are also set to be inducted at the National Women’s Hall of Fame. 

The class members are inducted in Seneca Falls, New York, where the first woman’s rights convention was held,  The Associated Press reported.  

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The ceremony will be held in-person, and the organization maintained that it is “closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in New York State and will plan carefully to ensure the in-person portion … is safe for all attendees.”

Tickets will go on sale in April or May “when there is a better understanding of safety protocols for in-person events.” There will also be a free live stream of the event.

Sources: The Hill