National Women’s Hall of Fame Induction to be Held October 2, 2021

Joy Harjo is one of the 2021 National Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees. She is a member of the Mvskoke Nation, and is s a multidisciplinary artist: a poet, musician, playwright, painter, and author.

On October 2, 2021 the National Women's Hall of Fame (NWHF) will host a weekend celebrating the achievements of American women in the birthplace of the Women’s Rights movement in the U.S. The highlight of the weekend is the induction of nine women into the Hall of Fame for their historic achievements. "We are pleased to add these American women to the ranks of Inductees whose leadership and achievements have changed the course of American history," said Kate Bennett, the NWHF Co-President, and Induction Chair.

The National Women's Hall of Fame will celebrate the inclusion of these extraordinary women into the Hall at the biennial induction ceremony on October 2, 2021 at the NWHF’s new home, the recently revitalized 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill building.

The NWHF is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in New York state and will plan carefully to ensure that the in-person portion of Induction Weekend is safe for all attendees. In addition, the NWHF will host a live virtual streaming of the ceremony, which will be free to the public. We will not open ticket sales until April or May 2021 when there is a better understanding of safety protocols for in-person events. Registration for the virtual livestream of the Induction Ceremony will become available as the event gets closer.

The 2021 Inductees were nominated by the public, judged by an interdisciplinary team of experts across the nominees’ fields, and selected for their invaluable contributions to American society in the areas of the arts, athletics, business, education, government, humanities, philanthropy, and science.  


The 2021 National Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees are:

Octavia Butler, Author 

Judy Chicago, Artist 

Rebecca Halstead, Brigadier General, Ret., Motivational Speaker 

Mia Hamm, Olympic Athlete, Philanthropist 

Joy Harjo, Poet

Emily Howland, Activist, Educator 

Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician 

Indra Nooyi, Business Executive 

Michelle Obama, Author, Former First Lady


The National Women's Hall of Fame, founded in 1969, is the nation's oldest non-profit organization and museum dedicated to honoring and celebrating the achievements of distinguished American women. In pursuit of its mission of "Showcasing Great Women...Inspiring All!” the National Women's Hall of Fame honors women of the past and the present, documents the history of women's struggles, and celebrates the value of all women.

Situated in Seneca Falls, the birthplace of women's rights, the NWHF tells women's stories by focusing on leadership lessons from its Inductees throughout American history. The NWHF recently completed revitalizing the former 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill building as its new home. The new building is a vibrant, state-of-the-art facility serving as a leadership center and an educational venue where visitors can discover and be inspired by the stories of great American women.

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