On March 5th, 2024, Sandy Stone was inducted into the The National Women‘s Hall of Fame, marking the first time that a trans woman will be recognized by the nation’s first and oldest non-profit dedicated to honoring distinguished American womenThe GIRL ISLAND film crew is excited to film and attend this historic event

with Sandy!

The Hall celebrated this year’s class of changemakers at its 31st Induction Ceremony in Manhattan at Cipriani Wall Street, which you can view by clicking this link.

Allucquére Rosanne “Sandy” Stone first gained prominence in the 1970s as a sound engineer for Olivia Records, the first company to produce and distribute music by women artists. Over the arc of her recording career, she produced or engineered over 100 rock, folk, blues, and classical albums, working alongside such prominent musicians as Jimi Hendrix, David Crosby, and Cris Williamson.

A renowned academic and media theorist, Stone is widely regarded as the founder of the academic discipline of transgender studies with her 1987 essay, “The Empire Strikes Back: A Posttranssexual Manifesto.” She is professor emerita and founding director of the Advanced Communication Technologies Laboratory (ACTLab) and the Convergent Media program at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has been translated into more than 27 languages, including English, Spanish, Swedish, French, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, and Bulgarian.

Stone’s induction was introduced by Zackary Drucker, an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated filmmaker known for The Stroll (HBO) and The Lady and the Dale (HBO). No stranger to breaking barriers for women, Drucker was the first trans woman invited to work with Time’s Up, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending inequality in the workplace. Drucker is also executive producer of the upcoming documentary “GIRL ISLAND: The Sandy Stone Story,” directed by Marjorie Vecchio.

Marjorie says, “Throughout her life, Sandy has had the uncanny ability to show up at the right time and place during America’s most iconic moments during the transition from Modernity and the Avant-Garde to the Digital Era. She has witnessed these changes and contributed with groundbreaking work in various fields, such as computer science, philosophy, art, education, women‘s music, rock and roll, feminism, and trans history.”

Following in the footsteps of the 302 Hall Inductees who came before her, Stone was be inducted into The National Women’s Hall of Fame alongside Patricia Bath, Ruby Bridges, Elouise Cobell, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Peggy McIntosh, Judith Plaskow, Loretta Ross, Anna Wessels Williams, and Serena Williams.

Coinciding with Women’s History Month, Sandy Stone’s induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame as the first trans woman presents a momentous opportunity to magnify the voices and accomplishments of trans women across the nation.