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 at The deadline for submitting a completed nomination packet is June 30.

The Hall of Fame has inducted 37 Kansas City women, half of them posthumously. Members of this select group include philanthropists, business executives, women’s and civil rights activists, political leaders and more. The list of inductees and their bios can be found at

The 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 26 leading women’s organizations throughout Kansas City.

Published: Mar 28, 2022

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