Five local women were inducted into the San Diego County Hall of Fame

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Sunday, April 17, 2022



Five exceptional women were inducted into the San Diego County Hall of Fame as announced by the California Women’s Museum in partnership with the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. The five local San Diego elected on March 20, in a virtual ceremony, were Judge Tamila Ifma, Marie M. Harni Muller, Rosalina Salinas, Josephine Talmentz and Francine Foster Williams.

The San Diego County Hall of Fame, founded in 2001, recognizes the accomplishments of the lives of diverse women whose history of professional or volunteer work has made an extraordinary contribution to the area and beyond. The outstanding fell into categories that represent the values ​​of the Hall of Fame and emphasize the achievements of women: empowering, activist, groundbreaking, building cultural and historical bridges.

“We are honored to bring such an accomplished and inspiring group of women to the San Diego County Hall of Fame,” said California Women’s Museum Director Felicia Shaw. “.

The trainees are:

Breakthrough: Judge Tamila Ifma

Judge Tamila Ifma has dedicated her life to achieving democracy, human rights and social justice. Judge Ifma has promoted countless programs designed to uplift the local, national and global community. Pope Francis invited Ifma to help create the “Pan-American Judicial Committee on Social Rights and Franciscan Doctrine.” Ipema is the only member from the United States invited to serve on this seven-member committee. The San Diego County is better because of the results of Judge Tamila Ipama’s hard work in creating a stronger, fair and impartial justice system for everyone.

Empowering: Marie M. Harni Müller

Marie M. Harni Müller (1908-1984) was internationally known as an anchor and legal authority on women’s rights. She became the first San Diego District Attorney in 1932 and was the first San Diego woman to practice in federal court, as well as the first local woman to practice in the Supreme Court. Muller was also the only woman in the San Diego Civil Service Commission (1938-1951). She worked to educate the legal profession on and off about property laws and the lack of professional opportunities affecting women – including equal pay for equal work – long before the women’s movement addressed these issues.

Active: Rosalina Salins

Rosalina Salinas activism serves as a model for those who see change and make change through leadership, hard work and perseverance. Salinas worked with Assemblyman Peter Chacon to pass the 1976 Bilingual Act; The state’s first legislative law obliges school districts to provide minority language students with equal educational opportunities despite their limited English proficiency. In 1995 she was elected president of the California Association for Bilingual Education, and in 1998 she led the nationwide effort to oppose Proposition 227, which threatened to stop bilingual education. Because of Rosalie’s tireless work, discernment is now embedded in the educational curriculum in counties throughout the province of San Diego and the state of California.

Historian: Josephine “Josie” Telemantz

Josephine “Josie” Talmentz is a Yaki / Chicana historian, cultural worker, activist and pioneer, local, state and national, with a passion and dedication to protecting the Logan Heights neighborhood, now known as Barry Logan, where she was born and raised. Its demonstrable commitment to support this historic and culturally significant community has led to the creation of monumental murals of Chicano Park and Chicano Park, with over 100 murals and growing – the largest collection of Chicano exterior murals in the world. Thanks to its efforts, the park and murals are a national landmark in the National Registry of Historic Places.

Building a Cultural Bridge: Francine Foster Williams

Francine Foster Williams (1950-2021), who has a PhD in education, has dedicated her life to educating and empowering young people through initiatives based on race and human relations, social justice and equality. Early in Williams’ career as a teacher at Nox Elementary in southeast San Diego, she hosted an event that recreated Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous parade in Selma, Alabama. Knox’s primary parade lasted several years and inspired the annual San Diego Martin Luther King Day parade. During the 1990s and for ten years, she raised nearly $ 4 million in funding that benefited San Diego schools and the children they served.

Let’s continue to pay homage to the amazing women of San Diego

All funds raised from the event will help support the continuation of the Hall of Fame program and the California Women’s Museum Archive.

Each year, the Hall of Fame nominations are reviewed by the San Diego County Hall of Fame Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from the California Women’s Museum, the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, and other women’s organizations. More than 125 women have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 2001.

About the California Women’s Museum

The California Women’s Museum in San Diego is the only museum in California and one in five in the United States dedicated exclusively to women’s history. The museum’s vast archives, growing collections and management offices are located in the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park, with an interactive educational space at the Joe & V Center in southeast San Diego. Learn more here.

Congratulations and keep up the amazing work!

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