Nancy Pelosi, Betty Ford among inductees into National Women's Hall of Fame

05:00 AM, Oct 06, 2013

Nancy Pelosi, here with Tony Bennett, will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. (Michael Kovac/ / Getty Images for Exploring the Ar)/


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The Oct. 12 induction events include a tea, the ceremony at New York Chiropractic College and a gala at The Clarence Hotel. Tickets, ranging from $50 for the ceremony to $250 for all three events, are still available. Go to greatwomen.org for details.

Amanda Bishop has been deputy director of the National Women’s Hall of Fame for eight years, so she’s been immersed in induction weekend planning several times already.

For her, the 2013 class of nine women is remarkable for its variety.

I think we always have a wonderful caliber of women. This year they stand out for the diversity of their achievements,” she says. “We have the winning-est female jockey and the founder of a school for women.”

A requirement of induction is that living honorees attend the event, so organizers are expecting:

Nancy Pelosi. The House Democratic leader from California’s 12th district was the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives and has focused her career on job creation, bolstering the middle class and reforming the nation’s political system and immigration policies.

Ina May Gaskin. A certified midwife and author of several books, including Spiritual Midwifery, she’s a leading advocate of natural, unmedicated birth and founded the Farm Midwifery Center in rural Tennessee, one of relatively few places in the country where breech babies are routinely delivered vaginally.

Julie Krone. The leading female jockey in thoroughbred horseracing, she won the Belmont Stakes in 1993, becoming the first woman to take a Triple Crown event. Several other firsts followed, including that of first woman inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame.

Kate Millett. Author of the 1970s landmark feminist history Sexual Politics, she calls herself a sculptor who writes and has devoted much of her life to working for the rights of women, mental patients and the elderly. Willett is considered by some to be among the most influential Americans of the last century.

Bernice Resnick Sandler. An expert in preventing and responding to sex discrimination in higher education, she has spent more than 40 years advocating for educational equity. Sandler fought for Title IX legislation, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender at any federally funded education program.

Posthumous awards will be presented to the nominators or family members of:

Betty Ford. The former first lady raised awareness of breast cancer and alcohol and drug addiction by publicly acknowledging her struggles with all three. She co-founded the Betty Ford Center for victims of alcohol and chemical dependency in 1982. She died in 2011.

Mother Mary Joseph Rogers. The Smith College graduate founded the Maryknoll Sisters, the nation’s first Catholic order of religious women devoted to missionary work overseas. The women now serve in two dozen countries across the globe. She died in 1955.

Anna Jacobson Schwartz. The research economist has been described as “one of the world’s greatest monetary scholars.” She worked for the National Bureau of Economic Research for more than 70 years, and co-authored (with Milton Friedman) A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960. She died in 2012.

Emma Hart Willard. The leading women’s education advocate founded Troy Female Seminary, the first school of higher learning for women, in 1821. It was later renamed the Emma Willard School. Liberal on education, Willard was conservative on suffrage, refusing to join former student Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s fight for the right to vote. She died in 1870.