Marina del Rey resident and filmmaker Carol King is one of seven women who have been selected for induction into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame, established 25 years ago, was the brainchild of the Michigan Women’s Studies Association, a professional organization of academicians concerned about what is being thought and taught about women in the state’s schools, colleges and universities.

“It was a natural extension of our work in the classroom,” explains association president Gladys Beckwith, “and another means of disseminating information about Michigan women, past and present.”

Patterned after the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York, the Michigan Hall is believed to be the first of its kind to recognize high-achieving women of an individual state. Over the years, nearly 250 women have been named to the esteemed body.

King was selected for induction into the Hall in the Contemporary Category. Considered a “crusader for political, social and economic equality for women,” King presided over Michigan NOW, a radio journalism program, and fought for the Equal Rights Amendment, Hall officials said.

A commemorative plaque for each woman hangs in the Hall of Fame gallery, located within the Michigan Women’s Historical Center in Lansing.

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