Vera "Bobbie" Schultz
Vera Schultz was born Vera Smith in 1904 and grew up in Nevada. She attended the University of Nevada and UC Berkeley, where she earned a graduate degree in English. She became a reporter for the Oakland Post-Enquirer, a Hearst newspaper. When she married in 1926, she changed her byline to "Miss Smith" because Hearst did not employ married women. Twenty years later, she became Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Mill Valley, California, and soon became the first woman elected to it's City Council.
In 1952, Schultz was the first woman elected to the Marin County Board of Supervisors. At a meeting of the North Coast Counties Association, she was greeted with a "No Women Allowed" sign. She pulled it down and took her rightful seat at the meeting.
In 1957, Schultz proposed that Frank Lloyd Wright design the new Marin County Civic Center. Opponents accused Wright of being a Communist, causing him to storm out of a presentation. Schultz coaxed him back and the building planning continued forward, reaching completion in 1962.
In accordance with state law, Schultz backed the unpopular plan to reappraise property, causing her to lose her seat on the Board in 1960. She soon joined the Marin County Redevelopment Board, where she championed low cost housing and racial integration. Schultz achieved many “firsts” for women and worked very hard in advancing numerous social programs. She died in 1995.