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Michelle Obama to be inducted to US National Women's Hall of Fame

Other honorees include PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi and soccer icon Mia Hamm

72-Michelle-Obama Michelle Obama | AFP

Former first lady Michelle Obama will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. She shares the honour with eight others including former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, soccer icon Mia Hamm, NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, author Octavia E Butler and activist Emily Howland.

The institution praised Obama, a lawyer and activist for establishing several advocacy groups and being a strong advocate for girls and women. Advocacy groups established by the former first lady include Let’s Move! program focused on ending childhood obesity and Let Girls Learn, a program to support adolescent girls’ education. “Obama has emerged as one of the most influential and iconic women of the 21st century,” the National Women’s Hall of Fame told Reuters. 

The biennial ceremony set to take place on October 2, is expected to be an in-person event with COVID-19 protocols in place. A free live stream link for the event will be made available. 

Author Octavia Butler, Rebecca Halstead, who had a military career spanning nearly three-decades, poet Joy Harjo, artist Judy Chicago and activist Emily Howland, who taught formerly enslaved people to read and write in refugee settlements where she worked during the American Civil War and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson will be honoured posthumously.

In July 2020, Obama launched a podcast called the 'Michelle Obama podcast,' the season one of which featured close friends and family, with whom she talks about work-life, family, friendship and more. 

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