Michelle Obama is set to receive a prestigious honor alongside other influential women.
This week, the National Women’s Hall of Fame announced that it will induct the former first lady and eight other women into its 2021 class.
Joining Obama are American soccer star Mia Hamm, renowned science-fiction writer Octavia Butler, former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, the first female graduate of the U.S. Military Academy Rebecca Halstead, and artists Joy Harjo and Judy Chicago.
Famed NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson and 20th-century abolitionist Emily Howland will be posthumously inducted.
In their release, the organization describes Obama as “one of the most influential and iconic women of the 21st century,” while noting her various accomplishments, including writing her best-selling 2018 memoir “Becoming” and helming her Spotify podcast, “The Michelle Obama Podcast.”
“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,” it read.
The organization plans to host an in-person ceremony in October, as COVID-19 vaccines continue to be distributed throughout the U.S.
However, they say they will not open ticket sales “until April or May 2021 when there is a better understanding of safety protocols for in-person events.”
In December of last year, Obama was declared by Gallup as the Most Admired Woman for the third year in a row.
After coming in first for 12 straight years, Obama’s husband Barack Obama finished second behind fellow former President Donald Trump.