Serena Williams and Ruby Bridges Set for National Women's Hall of Fame Induction

Tennis legend Serena Williams and civil rights pioneer Ruby Bridges will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2023.

The Hall of Fame made the announcement on Thursday, adding Williams and Bridges to 8 other women who were previously named honorees.

The induction ceremony will take place in March 2024 during Women's History Month.

Williams, 42, is considered the greatest women's tennis player of all time with 23 Grand Slam wins. She retired in 2022.

Bridges, 69, was one of the first Black students to integrate schools in New Orleans in 1960 at age 6, as captured in Norman Rockwell’s painting “The Problem We All Live With.”

Other 2024 honorees include scientist Peggy McIntosh, critical race theorist Kimberlé Crenshaw, Jewish feminist theologian Judith Plaskow, and transgender studies pioneer Sandy Stone.

Three women will also be inducted posthumously: ophthalmologist Patricia Bath, physician Anna Wessels Williams, and Native American banker Elouise Cobell.

For the first time, the induction ceremony will be nationally televised in primetime from New York City instead of the Hall of Fame's small hometown.

The CEO said the 2024 inductees have been "changemakers" who inspire women across various fields.

The public nominates candidates for consideration, then an expert panel makes the final selection.

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