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Come Celebrate Marin Women!

Marin County would not be the place it is without the many outstanding women who have called it home over the years.  To capture the achievements of Marin’s pivotal and powerful women, The Marin Women’s Hall of Fame was established in 1987 to honor the achievements and contributions made by women who have ensured the progress and well-being for citizens both locally and globally.

The YWCA San Francisco & Marin stewards the annual event and is pleased to announce the four women who will be inducted into the 2015 Women’s Hall of Fame, while inviting the community to attend the event on Thursday, March 26, 2015.  Though the areas of impact vary greatly among the honorees, their passion, perseverance, hard work and sense of humor have enabled this inspiring group of women to better the lives of people. Click here for tickets.

Please join the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame in welcoming and congratulating the 2015 Inductees: 

Colleen Hicks, Executive Director of the Museum of the American Indian, has worked tirelessly to ensure people of the 567 federally recognized indigenous tribes in our country remain authentically represented, recognized and respected through a curriculum she has developed and delivers to over 4,000 youth annually across the Bay Area.  In the face of severe financial constraints, Hicks is championing a $3.5 M Capital Campaign to improve and sustain the Marin museum, which is the only Native American Museum, on a Native American Historical Site, run by Natives and receiving visitors from across the world.     

Olga Murray, Founder and Honorary President of the Nepal Youth Foundation and retired research attorney for the California Supreme Court, has made the world a better place for Nepali children while providing an effective system change model for underserved youth across the globe.  A personal encounter with an indigent Nepali youth in 1990 provided the seed of what Murray has today grown into a safety net for over 45,000 Nepali youth including Children’s Homes, Counseling Centers, School Programs and Vocational Trainings.  Additionally, Olga has aggressively addressed the heartbreak of Child Slavery, rescuing over 12,300 girls from indentured slavery in Nepal with an approach that can be effectively replicated both locally and globally. As Murray celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Nepal Youth Foundation and her 90th birthday this year, she has received local, national and global recognition, including honorary awards from the Dalai Lama and the King of Nepal.

Kate Kain, Deputy Executive Director, Center for Domestic Peace (formerly Marin Abused Women’s Services), has devoted 38 years to the plight of women and children impacted by domestic violence, successfully engaging all sectors of the community to adopt a role in recognizing, addressing and preventing this silent familial disease.  In 1984, she petitioned the State Assembly to establish and pass the Maxine Waters Child Abuse Prevention Act. This legislation impacted over 4 million children, and many of their parents and all of their teachers. Kain then co-founded the Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Training Center Model, which has expanded to 84 Centers. At the core of all of Kain’s work is the premise that education and reduction of vulnerability is vital to breaking the cycle of Domestic Violence for all ages.  Most recently, Kain’s launch of the Marin County Response Survey has resulted in unprecedented accomplishments involving law enforcement, employers, hospitals, emergency rooms, schools and community-based agencies. 

Barbara Salzman, Marin Audubon Society Board President, has worked tirelessly for over 3 decades to ensure the health and sustainability of dozens of Bay Area wetlands and aquatic ecosystems. Her compelling and respected voice has impacted decisions and actions of the Main Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors and various federal agencies, an unrivaled accomplishment for a woman in a previously male dominated arena. Fueling her lifetime work has been her conviction that danger to our ecosystems threatens the quality of life and, thus, basic human rights.  Dozens of wetland restoration and enhancement projects have been championed by Salzman as a result of this, coupled with her consensus building and collaboration skills.

The 2015 Marin Women's Hall of Fame Gala will be held on March 26, 2015 at Peacock Gap Event Center, San Rafael. Tickets are $85 - $105. Click here for event tickets and additional information.

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Help the YWCA find Marin Rosies!

Rosies, named for the cultural icon “Rosie the Riveter”, are the women who worked in America’s wartime factories during WWII, helping to win the war and changing the American workforce forever. The Marin Women’s Hall of Fame is recognizing Marin Rosies, at the March 26th MWHF gala, for their special contributions to the war effort and changing public perceptions of what women can do in the workforce.

Did you or someone you know work at Marinship, Kaiser Shipyards or another American wartime factory? Although about six million women entered the US workforce during the war, there is no complete record of all the wartime Rosies. We need your help in building a Marin Rosie Registry. Click here to send us Rosie service information – name, factory, contact information.. All Rosies will receive a complimentary ticket to the March 26th event!

YWCA USA CEO to speak at Marin Women’s Hall of Fame Gala

Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., CEO of YWCA USA, will be this year’s keynote speaker. Richardson-Heron joined the YWCA USA in December 2012 with more than 20 years of leadership experience in the healthcare, corporate and nonprofit sectors. Recently featured in The New York Times as one of four female chief executives discussing female voices in leadership, Richardson-Heron is using her voice to lead the YWCA USA in building a national movement for the elimination of racism and empowerment of women through innovative and diverse solutions. Through her work, Richardson-Heron has been honored with such awards as the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers, Woman of Excellence in Philanthropy, and has been named one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews in 2013. We are thrilled to have her join us this year to honor this year’s inductees into the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame.   


To The YWCA!

YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

For more than a century, the YWCA San Francisco & Marin has responded to the changing roles, needs and aspirations of a diverse population of women, girls and families.

The voices of women have blended to create a vision that keeps the YWCA strong and current even in times of national change and challenge.

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