Induction FAQs


Q: When is Induction Weekend?

Postponed in 2021, Induction Weekend will take place September 23-25, 2022. The rescheduled induction honors Octavia Butler, Judy Chicago, Rebecca Halstead, Joy Harjo, Mia Hamm, Emily Howland, Katherine Johnson, Indra Nooyi, and Michelle Obama. The Ceremony will be held at the Smith Opera House in Geneva, NY and all other events take place in Seneca Falls, NY.

Q: What is the schedule of events for Induction Weekend 2022?


  • 4-10PM | Induction Weekend Festival | People’s Park, Seneca Falls, NY 
    • The National Women’s Hall of Fame will be hosting our first ever Induction Weekend festival in People’s Park, located in the town of Seneca Falls! This free community celebration will feature music, family-friendly activities, and vendors. The night will conclude with a fireworks display sponsored by Sessler Wrecking and Generations Bank.


  • 2-4PM | Induction Ceremony | Smith Opera House, Geneva, NY 
    • The Hall’s 30th Induction Ceremony, honoring the Class of 2021. This is a ticketed event. Doors open at 1pm. Purchase tickets here.
  • 2-4PM | Induction Watch Party| National Women’s Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls, NY 
    • A casual, livestream watch-party of the Induction Ceremony. This event is free to the public.
  • 7-10PM | Induction Gala | NWHF Mill Grounds, Seneca Falls, NY
    • A Gala reception hosted by the NWHF to celebrate our wonderful Inductees. This is a ticketed and sold-out event. 


  • 10AM-4PM | Mill About the Hall | National Women’s Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls, NY 
    • To cap off Induction Weekend, the National Women’s Hall of Fame is opening our doors for visitors to explore our introductory exhibits and interact with staff and board members while learning about our exciting plans for the future! There will be food, live art demonstrations, and vendors. Admission is free, donations are appreciated 

Q: Will all 2022 Inductees be in attendance at the ceremony? 

Typically, it is a requirement for all living Inductees to attend the Induction Ceremony, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Hall made an exception this year. Our Inductee and guest’s safety is the Hall’s number one priority. This year the Hall is excited to announce that the following Inductees or Inductee representatives (in the case of deceased Inductees) have confirmed that they will be accepting their award in person in 2022: Octavia E. Butler, Rebecca Halstead, Joy Harjo, Emily Howland, Katherine Johnson, Indra Nooyi. Judy Chicago, Mia Hamm, and Former First Lady Michelle Obama will be joining virtually. This information is subject to change and will be updated as necessary. 

Q: Will my original Induction 2021 tickets be valid at the postponed date?

All tickets for the Induction Ceremony and the Induction Gala, originally scheduled for October 2, 2021, will be honored at the rescheduled events. Ticket Holders will receive additional information about the weekend as the date gets closer.

Q: Will you release additional ceremony tickets to the public?

Tickets may be purchased through the Smith Opera House. Click here to get started.

Q: Are sponsorships still available?

Yes! Please contact for information about sponsorship opportunities, which include recognition opportunities and tickets to a wide range of events throughout the weekend.

Q: What protocols is the Hall implementing to ensure Induction Weekend is healthy and safe?

A: The Hall is taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously and will follow all NY State and CDC guidelines. Attendees are not required to show proof of vaccination but are strongly advised to take a COVID test and wear a mask at indoor events. The National Women’s Hall of Fame will have surgical masks available at all indoor venues. 

We will also have security at the events and will be checking bags upon entrance.

Q: How are the Inductees chosen?

A: Members of the public send nominations to the Hall, which are then reviewed and scored by a panel of external judges who have been selected as experts in their various fields but are not necessarily connected to the Hall. Judges score on the impact of the woman’s achievements and their enduring value to our nation and/or world.

The highest scores are then chosen, and the women are contacted (or a family member/colleague in the case of a deceased nominee). Nominees (or their representatives) have to agree to be inducted and they are normally required to be present for the Induction Ceremony. This year, we have made an exception to that rule due to the pandemic. We receive 200-400 nominations for each cycle, out of which 8-12 women are selected for induction. 

Please submit a nomination for an extraordinary woman you believe should be Inducted into National Women’s Hall of Fame. 

Q: How can members of the press get in contact with the Hall?

If you are a member of the press and would like would like to be included in Induction 2022 media announcements or press events, please email 

Q: How do I get to Induction 2022?

The Smith Opera House in Geneva, NY is located approximately 7 miles from the town of Waterloo, NY, Exit 41 off the New York State Thruway, Interstate 90, approximately 50 miles east of Rochester, NY and 50 miles west of Syracuse, NY.

The closest major airports to Seneca Falls, NY are:

  • Ithaca Thompkins Regional Airport (Ithaca, NY)
  • Syracuse Hancock International Airport (Syracuse, NY)
  • Greater Rochester International Airport (Rochester, NY)

Q: Where can I stay?

The National Women’s Hall of Fame does not sponsor a specific hotel for Induction 2022 however, here is a short list of some accommodations in the area:

Q: Why was Induction postponed in 2021?

The decision to postpone 2021’s ceremony was made after conversations with Inductees, their representatives, and other stakeholders who are critical to the event’s success.  This national event draws people from across the country, and we began receiving an increasing number of concerns from Inductees and guests related to traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is with profound disappointment, and also compassion for the state of our nation, that we made this very difficult decision,” said National Women’s Hall of Fame Executive Director Jennifer Gabriel. “Ultimately, this is the right decision to make for our Inductees, our guests, and our community, and therefore, it’s the right decision to make for the National Women’s Hall of Fame.”