Nine women who cemented their names in American history are receiving the honor of a lifetime as we continue to celebrate Women's History Month.
A former first lady, a soccer star, and a mathematician are among those being inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame (NWHF), which celebrates women's achievements in fields such as the arts, government, sports, business, science, philanthropy, and much more.
9. Octavia Butler - The first science-fiction author, and one of the first Black women, to receive the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship grant.
8. Rebecca Halstead - The first female graduate of West Point to be promoted to general officer. She was also the "first female in U.S. history to command in combat at the strategic level."
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7. Joy Harjo - The first Indigenous person to hold the title of Poet Laureate of the United States.
6. Indra Nooyi - Former chairman and CEO of PepsiCo.
5. Emily Howland - Historical women's rights activist and one of the first female directors of a national bank in the U.S.
4. Katherine Johnson - NASA mathematician whose calculations helped send Americans to space for the first time. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama in 2015.
3. Mia Hamm - Soccer icon who helped lead the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team to two Olympic gold medals and two FIFA world championships.
2. Judy Chicago - World-famous author, feminist, educator, and artist known for her large-scale pieces about women's role in history.
1. Michelle Obama - Author, lawyer, and the First Black person to serve as First Lady of the United States. While holding the title, she created the "Lets Move!" initiative, which aimed at ending childhood obesity.
The NWHF will be hosting a free, virtual induction ceremony to celebrate the class of 2021 on October 2.