It’s Women’s History Month, so it’s only right that a special announcement is made regarding one of America’s most loved people. According to CNN, Michelle Obama is an inductee of the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
The Becoming author is one of nine members selected by a panel who considered nominations from by the public. According to the organization’s site, Obama — a “strong advocate for women and girls” worldwide — started defining American history since her role as the first Black first lady of the United States.
During her time at the White House, she helped to develop public health campaign Let’s Move, the Reach Higher Initiative — which encourages students to seek higher education — Joining Forces — the initiative she and First Lady Jill Biden created to offer wellness, education and employment opportunities to service members, veterans and military families — and When We All Vote, which helped to rally many voters in the election season.
In the wake of her departure, Obama continues to earn America’s love with anecdotes about her experiences as a public figure. She released her Becoming novel in 2018 and now hosts “The Michelle Obama Podcast,” which is exclusively available on Spotify. Per the Hall of Fame panel, she “has emerged as one of the most influential and iconic women of the 21st century.”
“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 panel continued.
The former first lady will be honored alongside the late Katherine Johnson — NASA’s first African American female engineer who inspired the 2016 film Hidden Figures — soccer player Mia Hamm and PepsiCo’s first woman CEO Indra Nooyi during an induction ceremony slated to take place on Oct. 2 in Seneca Falls, New York. COVID-19 protocols will be in place, and a live stream will be available for viewers who want to virtually support the inductees.