This year’s inductees to the National Women’s Hall of Fame (NWHF) will join a panel discussion on Sunday, Sept. 17, exploring leadership, philanthropy and how women advocate for and create change.
Part of the NWHF Induction Weekend events, the panel, “When Living is Leading: Women, Advocacy, and Giving,” begins at 10 a.m. in the Wesleyan Chapel at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y.
Participants and inductees include:
Matilda Raffa Cuomo, former first lady of New York and long-time activist for state, national and international initiatives supporting children’s rights, volunteerism and mentoring;
Victoria Jackson, founding CEO of Victoria Jackson Cosmetics and co-founder of the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation, which has created a global community of patients, advocates and healthcare stakeholders working to address autoimmune related diseases;
Sherry Lansing, the first woman to head a major film studio (20th Century Fox), also served as chair and CEO of Paramount Pictures and founded Sherry Lansing Foundation;
Aimee Mullins, actor, world record holding athlete, USA Chef de Mission for both the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, ground-breaking high fashion model, advocate and motivational speaker;
and Lt. General Carol Mutter, who served for more than 31 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring as a three-star Lieutenant General, the first woman appointed to that grade in the history of the U.S. Armed Forces.
The conversation will center on the ways the inductees, in giving of their time, talents and money, have redefined what it means to be philanthropic and vocal advocates for change, says Professor of Women’s Studies Betty Bayer, who is co-president of the NWHF Board of Directors and will moderate the panel.
In boosting self confidence among women prison inmates, pushing the bounds of Title IX, designing prosthetic legs, supporting women marines and veterans, founding global medical research methods, expanding models of mentorship and working with seniors, Bayer says the 2017 “inductees’ lives and those women’s lives they reflect upon show us ways to move outside of our wheelhouses and comfort zones. By asking how women advocate and give, how we talk about women’s leadership and how we make that leadership visible, these 2017 women inductees of the Hall point to where hope lies – in creating new worlds, being advocates for change and making change happen.”