She will be added alongside 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 inducted also.
Since leaving the White House, Michelle has published, Becoming, and went on a sold-out book tour as well as working on a growing list of cross-media appearances. She also launched a podcast and is set to star in her own children’s cooking show, Waffles + Mochi, premiering on Netflix this month. Whilst doing all of this she has continued to spotlight activism for voters, students and food insecurity.
The organization called Obama “one of the most influential and iconic women of the 21st century,”
“Both in and out of the White House, Michelle Obama has accomplished her initiatives and so much more—becoming an advocate for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education, international adolescent girls’ education, and serving as a role model for women and young girls everywhere,” the hall of fame said in its announcement.