SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, the late former first lady Betty Ford and Title IX advocate Bernice Sandler were among the nine women inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame Saturday.
The ceremony, attended by about 700 people, was held in Seneca Falls, the western New York village where the first known women's rights convention was held in 1848.
"Our mission is to share the stories of these women with the general population and to inspire future generations to their own greatness," the hall's deputy director, Amanda Bishop, said after the ceremony.
Also honored Saturday was "Sexual Politics" author Kate Millett; horse racing's most successful female jockey, Julie Krone; Ina May Gaskin, who is known as the "mother of authentic midwifery"; and monetary scholar Anna Jacobson Schwartz, who collaborated with Nobel laureate Milton Friedman on "A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960," published in 1963. She died last year.
The inductees also include the late Mother Mary Joseph Rogers, who in 1912 founded Maryknoll Sisters, the first U.S.-based Catholic missionary congregation of religious women, and 19th-century educator Emma Hart Willard, who advocated for equal education for women in higher education in the early 1800s.
Pelosi called for more equal pay, health coverage, affordable child care and paid family leave in her address after receiving the ceremonial medallion.
"We think that will unleash the power of women," she said, according to the Democrat and Chronicle.
Pelosi, from California, was recognized for more than 25 years in politics and as the nation's first female House speaker and first woman to lead a major U.S. political party. This year she launched a women-based agenda on the 165th anniversary of the Seneca Falls convention, advocating for equal pay for women, paid family leave and affordable child care, which she said is the biggest missing piece to the fulfillment of women's potential.