According to CNN, the National Women’s Hall of Fame has tapped the Becoming author as one of its newest inductees.
Michelle Obama is one of nine women who were hand-selected by a panel; who took into consideration nominations given to them by the public. In addition to Obama being selected, the incoming Class of 2021 has been revealed on the organization’s website. This includes renowned writer Octavia E. Butler, former Chairman, and CEO of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi, the late Katherine Johnson, and more!
Additionally, the organization called Obama “one of the most influential and iconic women of the 21st century;” as well as “a role model for women and young girls everywhere.”
Furthermore, Michelle Obama is being noticed for her work as a worldwide advocate for girls’ education and voter registration. Not to mention, Obama was the 44th First Lady and the only Black woman to have ever stepped into this role.
Following her position, Obama continued to make an impact outside of the White House. In 2018, she released her bestselling memoir Becoming; which has sold over 15 million copies, been printed in 24 languages, and won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album.
The National Women’s Hall of Fame will not be opening until April or May 2021. In addition, the ceremony will take place on October 2nd at their Seneca Falls, New York headquarters.