National Women's Hall of Fame Introduces New Executive Director
The National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls welcomed its new leader Wednesday, 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 backyard 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.
“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 and women’s sports advocate Mia Hamm. Information about the weekends events and tickets for the induction and gala can be found here.