May Feature Article
Michelle Obama Inducted into The Hall of Fame
By Aria Ellise, BDO Contributor - March 10, 2021
Former First Lady, Michelle Obama’s poise, beauty, sophistication, efforts and humbleness has been celebrated for years. Now, she is getting recognized for it. Mrs. Obama, who some affectionately call “our Forever First Lady” is headed to the Hall of Fame.
The National Women’s Hall of Fame called Obama “one of the most influential and iconic women of the 21st century,” noting she was the first Black woman to serve as first lady on top of her accomplishments as a lawyer, bestselling author, and as an advocate for voting rights, nutrition and education.
The organization went on to say that, “both in and out of the White House,” the former first lady “has accomplished her initiatives and so much more.”
“During her eight years as First Lady, Michelle Obama helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, transforming the White House into the ‘People’s House.'” the organization stated. “Since leaving the White House, she has continued to have a profound public impact.”
The organization praised Obama for being a strong advocate for women and girls as she’s established multiple advocacy groups, including the Let’s Move! program focused on ending childhood obesity, the Reach Higher initiative to help students discover better job opportunities, the Joining Forces organization for veterans and Let Girls Learn, a program to support adolescent girls’ education.
At the start of Let’s Move!, President Obama established the first-ever Task Force on Childhood Obesity to develop a national action plan to mobilize the public and private sectors and engage families and communities in an effort to improve the health of our children.
During her tenure in the White House creating Let’s Move, Mrs. Obama:
The former first lady also released her best-selling personal memoir “Becoming” in 2018 and won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word album.
Obama, 57, will be added alongside eight other women, including American soccer icon Mia Hamm, renowned science-fiction writer Octavia Butler, former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi and artists Joy Harjo and Judy Chicago.
Rebecca Halstead, the U.S. Military Academy’s first female graduate, will also be inducted, while famed NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson and 20th century abolitionist Emily Howland will be posthumously inducted.
This year’s induction ceremony will be held in person on Oct. 2 with COVID-19 protocols at the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y.
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