Temple Grandin to join National Women's Hall of Fame

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Temple Grandin will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in September.
SENECA FALLS, N.Y. – Temple Grandin, Ph.D., a longtime professor of animal science at Colorado State Univ. and contributing editor to MEAT+POULTRY, has been named to the National Women’s Hall of Fame for 2017. She is one of 10 women who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in a biennial celebration this September. Previous inductees include Madeleine Albright, Maya Angelou, Susan B. Anthony, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Rosa Parks, Sally Ride, Eleanor Roosevelt and Oprah Winfrey.


“We are pleased to add 10 American women to the ranks of inductees whose leadership and achievements have changed the course of American history,” said Betty M. Bayer, the Hall’s co-president and professor of women’s studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Grandin has long been recognized for her contributions to the livestock industry, in addition to her more than 20 years of serving as a professor of animal science. For decades, she has earned a reputation for being the world’s leading expert on creating livestock handling systems and has traveled the world consulting with livestock companies on behalf of her company, Grandin Livestock Handling Systems Inc. She also wears the hats of: engineer, researcher, author, M+P contributing editor, lecturer, autism expert and many others.

“Her autism allows her to think in pictures, and that ability has made her a visionary in her field,” according to the Hall of Fame. “Her insights into animal behavior shaped innovative approaches to livestock handling, including methods and designs for humane slaughter that have become the industry standard.”

“Honoring Dr. Temple Grandin in this esteemed group of women not only speaks to the power of her research and advocacy, but also her impact as a role model for young women everywhere,” said Colorado State Univ. President Tony Frank. “Early in her career, her determination helped her break into what was a largely male-dominated animal production industry, and she continues to serve as an advocate for women in the sciences, for young people with autism, and for anyone unwilling to let artificial boundaries stand in the way of their personal and professional success.”

In 2010 Grandin was honored in Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and in 2016 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was one of six educators to receive the CSU Alumni Association’s Best Teacher Award.

According to the Hall of Fame, women selected for the honor must be US citizens, either by birth or naturalization, and their contribution must be of national or global importance and of enduring value.

The other women in the 2017 class of the Hall of Fame are:

• Matilda Raffa Cuomo
• Lorraine Hansberry
• Victoria Jackson
• Sherry Lansing
• Clare Boothe Luce
• Aimée Mullins
• Carol A. Mutter
• Dr. Janet D. Rowley
• Alice Waters

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By Sondra 2/27/2017 10:35:37 AM
I am thrilled to see that Dr. Grandin is receiving this well deserved award. Tony Frank, CSU President, summed up my thoughts about why she deserves this honor perfectly.

By James 2/14/2017 9:31:34 AM
Congratulations Temple, well deserved. You have spoken at many college campuses and the young women listen to your experiences and are encouraged to strive for success. You are a great role model for many reasons.

By laura lucchinil 2/14/2017 9:30:55 AM
In this upside world maniacs of killing are in the hall of fame

By laura lucchinil 2/14/2017 9:30:53 AM
In this upside world maniacs of killing are in the hall of fame

By Robert Grillo 2/13/2017 3:06:54 PM
A better choice would have been Carol J. Adams who actually makes the connection between the empowerment of women and non human animal animals, rather than someone like Grandin who just reinforces are culture's disconnect between human rights and the exploitation of female bodies of other species.

By scott 2/13/2017 2:46:13 PM
That is wonderful....on so many levels!! God Bless Dr. Grandin!