Angela Y. Davis
**FILE** Former Black Panther Angela Y. Davis speaks at the University of Roma Tre during the conference with the theme, "The meaning of white supremacy today." (Patrizia Cortellessa/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Political activist and educator Angela Davis is being honored this fall by the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Davis spent 15 years as a faculty member at UC Santa Cruz before retiring in 2008 as a Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies.

Known for her work as a longtime civil rights activist, Davis,75, a former member of the Black Panther Party and the Students Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, has authored 10 books and done extensive research on issues related to race, gender and imprisonment in America.

Davis often draws upon her experience in the early 1970s, where she spent 18 months in jail and on trial after being placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

The Hall, which was established in 1969, will also honor the achievements of nine other women, including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, actress and activist Jane Fonda and activist/artist Rose O’Neill. Each of these women will be recognized for their work in September at an awards ceremony in New York.

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