The National Women’s Hall of Fame recently announced its 2017 inductees and agriculture’s very own Dr. Temple Grandin has made the list.
Grandin, an animal sciences innovator and champion of farm animal welfare, will join nine other women to be honored at the Hall’s biennial induction ceremony in September.
Diagnosed at age two with Autism Spectrum Disorder, she experienced the anxiety of feeling threatened by her environment and went on to apply insights gained from her experience to conceptualize equipment that reduced animal stress during the livestock handling process. Grandin’s masterly designs for livestock handling systems transformed the industry and are used worldwide today.
Grandin currently conducts research, teaches, and consults internationally on autism, animal behavior and handling, as well as advancing quality standards and assurance in the meat and livestock industries. She is a prolific author having published 12 books and several hundred publications on topics ranging from autism through to livestock handling, temperament and fertility as well as environmental enrichment and animal safety.
Grandin was featured in the acclaimed HBO biopic, “Temple Grandin” in 2010, and, in the same year, was honored in Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” In 2016, Grandin was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The National Women’s Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 and is the nation’s oldest membership organization and museum dedicated to honoring and celebrating the achievements of distinguished American women. In pursuit of its mission of “Showcasing Great Women…Inspiring All,” the National Women’s Hall of Fame honors the women of the past, relates the history of women’s struggles, prepares the women of the future, and serves as the voice celebrating the value of women.
The Hall has inducted 266 women who have changed the course and culture of the United States across the fields of arts, athletics, business, education, government, humanities, philanthropy, and science.