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September 18, 2013

Chelsea Clinton headed this way to celebrate KC women

One-time first daughter to help inaugurate Starr Women’s Hall of Fame

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One-time “first daughter” Chelsea Clinton will be in Kansas City in February to launch the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame.

The new HOF will recognize women from the metro who have made a difference and preserve the legacy of their accomplishments.

Clinton will speak on Feb. 24 at UMKC’s Swinney Recreation Center.

From the news release:

The Starr Women’s Hall of Fame bears the name of the late Martha Jane Phillips Starr, a Kansas City philanthropist and champion of women’s rights. Starr was one of the first women to become a member of the UMKC Board of Trustees. She also helped start the UMKC Women’s Council and their Graduate Assistance Fund, which provides financial assistance to female students. She died in 2011.

“Martha Jane’s tireless efforts continue to impact and uplift Kansas City women to this day. Her story – and the stories of so many other diverse, outstanding local women – must be preserved to share with future generations. The Starr Women’s Hall of Fame will not just preserve these stories, but encourage and inspire future generations of Kansas City women,” Laurie Roberts, Starr Women’s Hall of Fame planning committee co-chair, said.

The Hall of Fame is made possible through the Starr Education Committee, Martha Jane Starr’s family and the Starr Field of Interest Fund, which was established upon her death through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. The idea for the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame stemmed from Starr Education Committee members.

More than 18 civic organizations that advocate on behalf of women and family issues have signed on in support of the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame.

“Martha Jane would be so thrilled by this initiative. She loved a grassroots approach to advocacy, and that’s exactly what the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame has become. From day one, it has been met with enthusiastic support from organizations all over the Kansas City metro,” Mary Kay McPhee, UMKC Starr Education Committee chair, said.

The first class of the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame will be inducted in fall 2014. The application process, criteria and deadlines will be announced at the launch event in February.

Ticket info? Call Amy Loughman at (816) 235-2452.

The Buzz predicts that the late Adele Hall will be in that first class.

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