The Women's Summit Committee has chosen Joy Johnson of Harmony for induction into the 14th annual Minnesota DFL Women's Hall of Fame as a Woman of Distinction on Saturday, June 8, at The Prom Center in Oakdale, Minn.

A leader of progressive politics not only in Southeast Minnesota but also globally, Johnson became involved with DFL politics during Rick Nolan's 1972 congressional campaign in the Sixth District. Since she and her husband, Bob, returned to their roots in southeast Minnesota, she has been a stalwart of the Fillmore County DFL serving in numerous leadership positions and getting many others involved with the local unit along the way.

Beyond the DFL, Johnson and her husband have been on numerous mission trips abroad where they focused on social justice. They also took an educational trip to Cuba with the Quakers. A passionate advocate for peace, she is actively involved with the Southeast Alliance of Peacemakers and Minnesota ASAP.

The DFL Women's Hall of Fame is the only award exclusively focused on women. They recognize a broad range of female activists, both those new to the cause and trailblazers. These women contributed to state and national public policy-making and/or DFL campaigns. They have infused the DFL with new ideas and energy.

The Women's Summit Committee offers two categories for the Hall of Fame. The Rising Star category honors promising young women the committee believes will be future party leaders. The Women of Distinction category honors women who have inspired, mentored and blazed the trail for those who came after.

Women of Distinction have worked a lifetime bringing women into the DFL, assisting to move them into leadership positions, and advocating DFL ideals. They opened doors for women to hold public and appointed office. These women's dedication of countless hours and energy have enhanced the DFL party and advanced progressive causes.