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Marin Women's Hall of Fame

The Marin Women’s Hall of Fame is a project of the YWCA SF & Marin

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. 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, impacting over 4 million children, many of their parents and all of their teachers.

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.