The National Woman's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls (just an hour or so from my home), celebrated the induction of nine new members, last weekend. I read about it in my local paper, but I wish I'd been at the ceremony to applaud these wonderful women. The Hall of Fame at Seneca Falls was founded in 1969 and inducts eight to 10 women every year.
This year's inductees are:
- Judith Pipher: "Femininity is not lost by being intelligent or pursuing a career that you have always dreamed of." She is a retired professor from the UofR's department of physics and astronomy.
- Eleanor K. Baum: The first woman engineer named dean of a college of engineering in the U.S., she is now dean at Cooper Union, Manhattan.
- Julia Child: need I say more? Doesn't your mouth water when you hear her name?
- Swanee Hunt: Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard U's Kennedy School of Gov.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: Wrote the besteller On Death and Dying, revolutionizing the medical profession's treatments of dying patients.
- Winona LaDuke: Was VP canditate on the Green Party ticket in 1996 and 2000.
- Catherine Filene Shouse: First woman to receive a master's degree in education from Harvard U. First woman appointed to the Democratic National Committe, 1919.
- Henrietta Szold: Opened a night school for immigrants, in 1889. Taught English and civics.
- Martha Coffin Wright: She was one of the first women (of five) who organized the First Women's Rights Convention, in Seneca Falls back in 1848.
Great women, all. Do you know someone who should be inducted...next year? Nominate her here.