National Women’s Hall of Fame Announces 2019 Class of Inductees
The National Women’s Hall of Fame on Friday announced the 10 members of their 2019 class. Among them is Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the third woman and first Hispanic and Latina Justice. Angela Davis will also be inducted. She has been politically active for decades, including as a member of the Black Panther Party, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Communist Party USA. More recently, she has been an outspoken supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Also among the class is Sarah Deer, a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. She is an activist for indigenous women. A lawyer and University of Kansas professor, her work on violence against Native American women has been recognized by the Department of Justice. Flossie Wong-Staal, who is also among the class of inductees, was part of a team of scientists at the U.S. National Cancer Institute whose work was instrumental in proving HIV to be the cause of AIDS. She was named the top woman scientist of the 1980s by the Institute of Scientific Information. The additional honorees include actress Jane Fonda, attorney Gloria Allred, former NY Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, and others. The eight living and two deceased honorees will join 276 other women who’ve been inducted to date. More here.