Frances Steadman’s selection for the 1998 Marin Women’s Hall of Fame is an appropriate tribute to her courage and leadership in the cause of peace and justice. Born to Quaker parents with strong convictions, Steadman grew up with a commitment to oppose all warfare and to disallow discrimination against people of other races. For more […]


Pamela Wright Lloyd of Mill Valley has devoted much of her life to safeguarding the environment. She was a founder of the Marin Conservation Corps (MCC), the first local community conservation corps in the U.S., which provides disadvantaged youth with opportunities to learn land stewardship and develop job skills through community service. In 1972, Lloyd […]


Elizabeth Thacher Kent, a matriarch in the founding family of Kentfield, is one of the few Marin County women to be elected posthumously to the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame. Kent was a distinguished proponent of women’s rights and international peace, and was instrumental in securing women’s right to vote. Kent took up permanent residence […]


Anna Halprin, a Marin County resident for over fifty years, has won national and international awards in recognition of her prestigious achievements as a dancer and choreographer. Halprin is considered to be one of the most highly esteemed 20th century dancers, whose ranks include celebrities such as Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey and Merce Cunningham. She […]


Jean Bee Chan, Lucas Valley resident, is an outstanding educator and mentor. As a professor of mathematics at Sonoma State University since 1973, Dr. Chan has been instrumental in bringing a sense of community and mutual support to the Mathematics Department, which has had an immeasurably beneficial effect on the morale of students and faculty. […]


Etta Allen is a Marin pioneer for women in non-traditional careers. Etta showed an early resolve for entering fields not ordinarily open to women by earning an airplane pilot’s license while still a teenager. Later, she co-founded a heating, air conditioning and sheet metal business with her husband, Jim. Upon his death, she faced tremendous […]