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New Director Wants to Increase Prominence, Impact of Women's Hall of Fame: New Induction in October includes 1st Lady Obama

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National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls welcomes new Executive Director, releases details of new induction ceremony for October.

The National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls welcomed its new leader today, who has set out a goal to bring more attention to the organization and its impacts. Jennifer Gabriel actually grew up in the Finger Lakes. But she says the history books of her youth didn’t say much about the Women’s Rights Movement.

“only a paragraph or two were dedicated to telling the story of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and the Declaration of Sentiments. It was enough for me though. Even as a little girl, I understood it was because of these women who lived right here in my back yard, that I had more opportunities.”

Gabriel’s mission as leader of the Hall of Fame will be to secure the annual induction ceremony as a leading national event. She also has plans to expand programs and exhibits to increase impact. Gabriel says it’s the stories of the 293 inductees that provide encouragement to others.

“Their perseverance is inspiration for our own lives and for our commitment to promote equality, regardless of gender, class, age, skin color, or sexuality. These women remind us that we all have the opportunity to make a difference, to lift ourselves and others up.”

The National Women’s Hall of Fame is planning its next induction weekend for October first through third. Among this year’s class are: former First Lady Michelle Obama, ground-breaking science fiction writer Octavia Butler, Native-American artist Joy Harjo, and soccer star women’s sports advocate Mia Hamm.
(Entire list of inductees here)

Information about the weekend’s events and tickets for the induction and gala are at WomenoftheHall.org