Black Women’s History in Real Time

2024Inductees

This week the National Women’s Hall of Fame inducted  its inaugural class. The ceremony took place on Tuesday, March 5th in New York City and honored the 2024 Inductees- Patricia Bath, Ruby Bridges, Elouise Cobell, Kimberle Crenshaw, Peggy McIntosh, Judith Plaskow, Loretta Ross, Sandy Stone, Anna Wessels Williams, and Serena Williams. A recording of the ceremony will be available to watch on the Hall’s website (womenofthehall.org) later in the month.

Ruby Bridges and Kimberle Crenshaw were among those present to accept their honors.

Ruby Bridges, (1954-)
Ruby Bridges is a civil rights icon, activist, author and speaker who was the first Black child to integrate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960. In 1963, painter Norman Rockwell recreated Bridges’ monumental first day at school in the painting, “The Problem We All Live With.”

Ruby graduated from a desegregated high school, became a travel agent, married and had four sons. She later wrote about her early experiences in two books and received the Carter G. Woodson Book Award.

A lifelong activist for racial equality, in 1999, Ruby established The Ruby Bridges Foundation to promote tolerance and create change through education. In 2000, she was made an honorary deputy marshal in a ceremony in Washington, DC.

 

 

 

 

Kimberlé Crenshaw, (1959-)
Kimberlé W. Crenshaw is a pioneering scholar and writer on civil rights, critical race theory, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism, and the law. She currently holds positions with Columbia Law School and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Crenshaw’s work has been foundational to the field of critical race theory; in 1987, she coined the term “intersectionality” to describe the double bind of simultaneous racial and gender prejudice. Her writing and activism have identified key issues in the perpetuation of inequality, including the “school to prison pipeline” for Black children and the criminalization of behavior among Black teenage girls. After co-founding Columbia Law School’s African American Policy Forum (AAPF), Crenshaw and Andrea Ritchie authored Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women, which drew attention to the killings of Black women and girls by police. The #SayHerName campaign was subsequently launched by Crenshaw and the AAPF in December 2014.

Crenshaw’s groundbreaking work on intersectionality was influential in the drafting of the equality clause in the South African Constitution. She authored the background paper on race and gender discrimination for the United Nations’ World Conference on Racism in 2001, served as the rapporteur for the conference’s expert group on gender and race discrimination, and coordinated NGO efforts to ensure the inclusion of gender in the WCAR Conference Declaration.

 

 

Read more about the remarkable 2024 Inductees at www.womenofthehall.org/2024-inductees/.

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