Five women on Sunday were inducted into the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame during a virtual ceremony that celebrated their achievements and recognized their contributions to society.
Felicia Shaw, executive director of the Women’s Museum of California, the organizer of the event, said the stories of the five inductees include lessons about endurance, discipline, humility and more. She described their contributions to society as exceptional.
“When you recognize the great work women do, you inspire others to follow in their footsteps” and create a society that values women — an important step in working toward gender equality, Shaw said during the 21st Annual San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
The 2022 inductees are:
In 1998, when Prop. 227 threatened to end bilingual education in California, Salinas led a statewide opposition effort, representing a coalition of concerned parents, school districts and other organizations. In 2016, Salinas was outspoken about the importance of Prop. 58, which allowed schools to engage in bilingual education. She served as the senior director in the learning resources and educational technology division at the San Diego County Office of Education before she retired.
Francine Foster Williams (1950-2021)
Williams worked as a San Diego Unified School District educator and administrator for more than 40 years. She coached teachers on how to instruct children though a lens of race, human relations and equity. She started the Martin Luther King, Jr. March at Knox Elementary School.
Marie Herney (1908-1984)
Herney was regarded as a legal authority and advocate for women’s rights. She became San Diego County’s first female deputy district attorney in 1932. She later practiced in federal court and in the state Supreme Court.
Josephine “Jose” Talamantez
Talamantez was a co-founder of Chicano Park and co-founder of the Chicano Park Steering Committee, whose members serve as stewards of the landmark. Between 1987 and 2011, Talamantez served as chief of programs for the state funding agency California Arts Council. She also previously served as executive director of the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park.
Ipema was the first Iranian-American judge appointed to San Diego Superior Court. As a former defense attorney, she advocated for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. She was appointed to the San Diego Superior Court bench in 2009 and served as the president of the National Association of Women Judges between 2018 to 2019.