Retired jockey Julie Krone, a member of the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame, is one of nine women that will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame Oct. 12.
Founded in 1969, the National Women's Hall of Fame is the nation's oldest membership organization recognizing the achievements of great American women. Inductees are selected every other year based on their lasting contributions to society through the arts, athletics, business, education, government, humanities, philanthropy and science.
With more than 3,700 career wins, Julie Krone is the leading female Thoroughbred horse racing jockey of all time. Krone made history in 1993 when she became the first woman to win a Triple Crown event at the Belmont Stakes. In 2003, she went on to become the first woman to win a Breeders' Cup event at the Juvenile Fillies and the first woman to win a million dollar event at the Pacific Classic. Krone initially retired from horse racing in 1999 and became a commentator and analyst for the TVG racing network, but returned to the sport in 2002, retiring for a second time in 2004. Krone was named ESPN's 1993 Professional Female Athlete of the Year, and in 2000, she became the first woman inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.
The other National Women's Hall of Fame 2013 inductees are: First Lady Betty Ford; certified professional midwife Ina May Gaskin; Kate Millett, a feminist activist, writer, visual artist, filmmaker, teacher, and human rights advocate; House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi; Mother Mary Joseph Rogers, founder of Maryknoll Sisters; Bernice Resnick Sandler, an advocate of educational equity for women and girls; Anna Jacobson Schwartz, an acclaimed female research economist; and Emma Hart Willard, a teacher and women's education advocate.
For more information about the National Women's Hall of Fame visit www.greatwomen.org.
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