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Dr. Rita Colwell Among Inductees to National Women’s Hall of Fame (web article)


Rita Colwell, PhD, renowned microbiologist and adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, was one of 10 women selected for induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame for 2005. The Hall of Fame, located in Seneca Fall, N.Y., recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of great American women. The announcement was made on July 14 to coincide with the 156th anniversary of the first women’s rights convention. Other inductees named to the Hall of Fame with Dr. Colwell include health advocate Betty Bumpers, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and artist and designer Maya Lin. Six others were named to hall posthumously.

National Women’s Hall of Fame president, Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, said in a statement, “These 10 women embody the fulfillment of the 1848 conventioneer’s vision of women’s potential. Each of the inductees represents her own version of the American dream. None of their achievements would have been possible without the work of the brave women and men who convened the first women’s rights convention. We are honored to share their stories of perseverance and accomplishment with the nation and the world.”

National Women's Hall of Fame new release

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