Community Leaders Taking Nominations for Prestigious Starr Women’s Hall of Fame

The Starr Women’s Hall of Fame recognizes Kansas City women of distinction

Every two years, an independent panel of Kansas City community leaders selects local women of significance for the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame.

This year, the panel is once again seeking nominations for women with noteworthy ties to the Kansas City area who have historically or more recently made important and enduring contributions in their fields of work.

The nomination form and full directions for making a nomination are available online. The deadline for submitting a completed nomination packet is July 31.

Twenty-six Kansas City women have been inducted into the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame, half of them posthumously. Members of this select group include philanthropists, business executives, women’s and civil rights activists, political leaders and more. You can read more about the inductees online.

Starr Women's Hall of FameThe Women’s Hall of Fame is named after Martha Jane Phillips Starr. A Kansas City philanthropist and women's rights leader, Starr was one of the first women to serve on the UMKC Board of Trustees. She played an important role in establishing the university’s Women's Council and the Graduate Assistance Fund, which today provides financial assistance to female students. UMKC’s annual Starr Symposium is named after and endowed by her.

Starr died in 2011 at the age of 104.

The Starr Women's Hall of Fame is funded by her family, the Starr Education Committee and the Starr Field of Interest Fund. It is also supported by 27 leading women’s organizations throughout Kansas City.

Make your nominations for Starr Women’s Hall of Fame by July 31.

Submit a nomination

Published: Feb 24, 2020

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