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Angela Davis Installed in National Women’s Hall of Fame
 
September 26 – October 9, 2019
 
angela davis into women's hall of fame

National Women's Hall of Fame inducted, L-R, Angela Davis, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Diane von Furstenberg, and Gloria Steinem into is hall of fame September 14.

The National Women’s Hall of Fame installed Angela Davis September 14 into its Hall of Fame. Davis said in accepting her award, "At each significant turning point in my life, when I was introduced to the world of progressive political activism, anti-racist prison abolition struggles, when I myself was on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List and ended up spending two years in jail and on trial, and when I became involved in many international solidarity efforts, and intersectional feminist movements, I've always been one of many."

"My own consciousness has been enabled always by shared endeavors and collective consciousness," added the Alabama native.

Davis’ 2019 honors highlight the intersection of Black and women’s rights. Earlier this year, The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) board voted to rescind then later “reaffirmed” Davis as the recipient of the Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award. The wobbling opened Black-Jewish wounds when Birmingham mayor Randall Woodfin, who is Black, said the BCRI made the rescission decision “after protests from our local Jewish community and some of its allies.”

Also, Seneca Falls is where a landmark U.S. women's rights convention took place in 1848. Frederick Douglass was also the only African American at the convention. 

He was one of thirty two men who signed the Declaration of Sentiments during the convention. This declaration hoped to gain civil, social, political, and religious rights for women. 

Douglass also spoke during the convention about how women were born with their equal rights to men; “it was hers before she comprehended it. It is inscribed upon all the powers and facilities of her soul, and no custom, law or usage can ever destroy it.” 
Davis’ 2019 honors highlight the intersection of Black and women’s rights. Earlier this year, The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) board voted to rescind then later “reaffirmed” Davis as the recipient of the Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award.
Along with Davis, the Women’s Hall of Fame also inducted U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, actress Jane Fonda, attorney Gloria Allred, attorney Sarah Deer, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg , retired Air Force fighter pilot Nicole Malachowski, the late artist and suffragist Rose O'Neill, and the late U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York. Composer Laurie Spiegel was honored for her electronic music compositions and molecular biologist Flossie Wong-Staal for work that helped prove HIV is the cause of AIDS.

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America who helped eliminate the pageant's swimsuit competition, was the master of ceremonies.
 
 
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