Michelle Obama has been named one of nine powerful women to be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame this year.
The announcement came on Monday, which was also International Women’s Day.
The former first lady turned author and advocate was praised by the NWHF for creating Let’s Move!, an initiative focused on ending childhood obesity, and Let Girls Learn, which supports the education of girls worldwide.
In a press release about this year’s inductees, NWHF wrote, “Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most influential and iconic women of the 21st century.”
They went on to add that during Obama’s time in the White House, she transformed it into “the People’s House” and has continued to be a “role model for women and young girls everywhere.”
Her memoir, Becoming, released in 2018, has sold over 15 million copies, been printed in 24 languages, and won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album.
Other 2021 inductees include author Joy Harjo, PepsiCo’s first female CEO Indra Nooyi, and NASA’s first African American female engineer Katherine Johnson. The induction reception will take place in person on October 2nd, with COVID-19 protocols in place at the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York. The ceremony will also be live-streamed.