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
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 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.
Suffragist, Civil Rights Activist
Adventurer, Nurse, Climate Activist
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
NWHF Inductee Ambassador
Leader of Ceremonies