EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – To honor the trailblazing women in our state, Michigan Women Forward named five new inductees into the Women’s Hall of Fame tonight.
Those present say it’s more than just a way for women to honor each other. They hope by holding an event like this, it will inspire young girls to follow in their footsteps and know that they can change the world.
Those inducted tonight include Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, known for her advocacy for children during the Flint Water Crisis, Wayne County prosecutor Kim Worthy, and Michigan State chemist Dr. Angela Wilson.
Michigan Women Forward also recognized two women who helped shape the history of Michigan, including Agatha Biddle, who negotiated the 1855 Treaty of Detroit, and Clara Stanton Jones, the first woman and first African-American to serve as director of a major city public library.
Two of the contemporary inductees say while this night was to recognize them, they want our younger viewers to know that they have power, too.
“I hope it inspires our young girls all over the place, for them to know that they have a role to play in our society, that they are smart and they are beautiful, and that they are brave and they can have incredible power to make the world a better place,” said Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.
“Keep working no matter where they end up in their lives or careers, if they’ve got a passion for something to continue to pursue it and good things will happen with hard work and a lot of support,” said Dr. Angela Wilson.
These five women join 318 other Hall of Fame honorees, and their accomplishments are showcased at the Meridian Mall in Okemos.
They say by inspiring women across the state to make change for better, they’re excited to see others do so for many years to come.