The NWHF Presents:

The Virtual Induction Series

This December 10th, 2020 the National Women’s Hall of Fame (NWHF) will host a new program: the Virtual Induction Series. While we are living in unprecedented times the NWHF wanted to use this otherwise tumultuous year to innovate the way we operate, and reflect on our past. The NWHF will begin a new series of virtual inductions, honoring women posthumously that were deceased prior to the establishment of the NWHF, overlooked in their lifetime, or passed away before they were able to be inducted.

Date: December 10, 2020

Time: 7:30pm EST

Why a virtual Induction series?

We begin this series of virtual posthumous inductions with six prominent Black women who have shaped our nation. During the research process for this event it became apparent that we as an organization lack diversity within our nomination pool. Noticeably, there is a lack of nominations of historic Black women and other women of color. We understand that this is a serious issue in outreach, openly acknowledge this shortcoming and are taking the steps to proactively make the necessary changes. The Virtual Induction Series will begin to shed light on diverse women who have been instrumental in achieving accomplishments that continue to uplift all women.

The inaugural Virtual Induction Series will highlight six Black women. Our goal is to continue hosting more virtual inductions of diverse groups of women who deserve recognition, such as Latinx, Asian, Native American, LGBTQ+ women, and as well as additional Black women. We have begun to reach out to organizations involved in these communities to identify and nominate candidates. We welcome advice, involvement, and of course nominations.

We hope to address the following issues in the NWHF induction methodology.
  1. Currently, the NWHF holds in-person inductions on alternate years and requires any living Inductee to attend the induction ceremony. Additionally, posthumous inductions are limited. We will address this by producing more frequent inductions of deceased historic figures.
  2. Our nominations come from the general public and have lacked diversity. This is an issue of marketing on our part, and to remedy this we are reaching out to organizations and educational institutions to help close this gap.
  3. As an educational institution, the NWHF is dedicated to creating an equitable curriculum for young generations. Our Charter is education, so we will provide the online inductions free of cost, in downloadable format, for educators.

Meet The 2020 Inductees

We present the first of our virtual posthumous induction series by inducting six Black women who shaped our nation. With this first step, the NWHF engages in an on-going process of learning, educating, and honoring the women throughout our nation’s history to whom we are indebted.

Mary Church Terrell

Suffragist, Civil Rights Activist

Aretha Franklin

Singer, Activist

Barbara Hillary

Adventurer, Nurse, Climate Activist

Barbara Rose Johns Powell

Activist, Librarian

Henrietta Lacks

Medical Research Revolutionizer

Ⓒ 2017 Kadir Nelson, artist, Collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of African American History & Culture; gift from Kadir Nelson and the JKBN Group, LLC

Toni Morrison


Featured Speakers

Dr. Angela Davis
Author, Activist, Scholar, NWHF 2019 Inductee

NWHF Inductee Ambassador

Dr. Deborah Turner, MD, JD
OB-GYN, League of Women Voters President, Iowa Women's Hall
of Fame 2013 Inductee

Leader of Ceremonies

Amanda Mena
Singer, America's Got Talent semi-finalist

Musical Entertainment

While this program is free, we hope you will consider making a contribution to help NWHF continue to tell the stories of great American women. A suggested contribution of $10, $20, or whatever amount is comfortable for you will go a long way to support future virtual programs like this!

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