Three years after their deaths, celebrity chef Julia Child and hospice care pioneer Elisabeth Kubler-Ross will be enshrined with seven others in the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
The 2007 honor roll, unveiled Thursday, includes engineer Dr. Eleanor Baum, social reformer and philanthropist Swanee Hunt, environmental advocate Winona LaDuke and astronomer Dr. Judith Pipher. The nine women will be inducted at a ceremony on Oct. 7.
“It is important that everyone learn about the accomplishments of these women and the effect of those achievements on advancing our country,” said Barbara DeBaptiste, the hall’s president.
Established in 1969 in Seneca Falls, a western New York village where the first known women’s rights convention was held, the hall acclaims women who have made valuable contributions to society and especially to the freedom of women.
Kubler-Ross revolutionized the way the world looks at terminally ill patients with her book “On Death and Dying” and later as a pioneer for hospice care. Child brought the intricacies of French cuisine to millions of American home cooks through her television series and books. Both women died in August 2004.
Three other women will be honored posthumously:
- Suffragist Martha Coffin Wright, one of the five women who organized the women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls in 1848;
- Educator Henrietta Szold, who founded the Women’s Zionist Organization of America in 1912;
- Catherine Filene Shouse, who founded the first national park dedicated to the performing arts, near Vienna, Va., and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ford in 1977.
Hunt, a former diplomat who teaches at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, is heralded for boosting the participation of women in global peace efforts. The daughter of the late oil billionaire H.L. Hunt, she also runs the Hunt Alternatives Fund, a philanthropy group based in Cambridge, Mass.
Her sister, Helen LaKelly Hunt, was inducted into the hall in 1994.
Three other pairs of sisters have been among the 226 women honored by a national committee of judges over the last 37 years, including Wright’s sister, Lucretia Mott, in 1983.