According to the National Women’s Hall of Fame, tennis legend Serena Williams and American civil rights hero Ruby Bridges will be enshrined next year.
The two legendary women have been added to a previously announced list of women who will be honored during March’s Women’s History Month. According to AP News, “the 2024 inductee class has broken barriers, challenged the status quo, and left an impact on history,” according to the Hall of Fame.
According to a spokeswoman, Williams and Bridges became available when the date and location of the celebration were changed, and they will join the eight other honorees who were announced in the spring.
The Hall of Fame also announced that for the first time, the induction ceremony would be telecast nationally during prime time, beginning in New York City.
The previous 30 ceremonies took place in and around Seneca Falls, New York, the site of the first Women’s Rights Convention and the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
Jennifer Gabriel, the Hall of Fame’s chief executive, said in a statement, “The 2024 class of inductees are scientists, activists, performers, and athletes who are the changemakers of today and inspiration for the women of tomorrow. Their dedication, drive, and talent got them here, and we’re thrilled to honor them on the national stage.”
Women are nominated for the Hall of Fame by the public, and their nominations are then reviewed by an experienced selection committee.
Williams, 42, is the only athlete to have received a fashion icon award. She is a 23-time Grand Slam tennis champion and the longest-serving No. 1 player in history.
Bridges, now 69, was a 6-year-old first-grader when he enrolled in one of New Orleans’ first black schools in 1960. The event was shown in Norman Rockwell’s 1963 painting “The Problem We All Live With.”She established the Ruby Bridges Foundation to promote tolerance and transformation through education 24 years ago.