Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and poet Maya Angelou are among 21 new inductees of the National Women's Hall of Fame.

The 1998 inductees announced Saturday in Seneca Falls, N.Y., will join 136 Americans enshrined in the hall, all of whom were selected for making lasting contributions to society and to the progress and freedom of women. The July induction also marks the 150th anniversary of the first women's rights convention.Albright served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations before she became the first woman appointed secretary of state in 1996.

Angelou is known for her 1970 autobiographical novel "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," and her poem, "On the Pulse of the Morning," recited at President Clinton's inauguration in 1993.