Del Martin, a native San Franciscan, studied at George Washington HS, UC Berkeley and SFSU. She received a Doctor of Arts in Sexology Honoris Causa at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, San Francisco, in 1987. She has served on numerous Civil and Citizen Task Forces including the SF Human Rights Commission, (1975), SF Commission on the Status of Women ( 1976-79), California Commission on Crime Control and Violence Prevention ( 1980-83), was a delegate to the Nation (International Women's Year Conference ( 1977), the SF Senior Services Plan Task Force and most recently a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging (1995). She is known for her work with women and violence and women and aging. In 1955 she co-founded the Daughters of Bilitis, the first national Lesbian organization. She is currently involved with the
Old Lesbian's Organizing for Change (OLOC). With over 40 years of organizing for women's rights, Ms. Martin will bring yet a different perspective on women and the UN.