2017 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame honorees

On Saturday, August 26th, the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women inducted four women into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame: Jane Boyd (deceased), U.S. Senator Joni K. Ernst, Councilwoman Christine Hensley, and Governor Kimberly Reynolds and awarded the Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice to Alicia Parrott Claypool.

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Iowa Women's Hall of Fame

Not enough people are aware of the extent of women's contributions to society, whether past or present. To highlight women's heritage and recognize their contributions, the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women (ICSW) established the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1975. Each year the ICSW and the Governor welcome four women into the Hall of Fame, paying tribute to them and setting them forth as role models for others. As of 2017, 172 women will have been inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame. 

Each year, the commission approves the induction of four women into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice by a committee composed of three commissioners, the chair of the commission (ex-officio) and two public members. The selection committee reviews all of the submitted nominations and selects the individuals to be inducted. The commission then reviews and votes to approve the suggested nominees to be inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame.

2017 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame Selection Committee:

  • Sherill Whisenand, Chair of committee, commissioner
  • Rachelle Hunt Russian, commissioner
  • Beth Coonan, commissioner/vice-chair of Commission
  • Emily Duong, public member
  • Sarah Bowman, public member
  • Phyllis Peters, ex officio member of committee/chair of Commission

2017 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame honorees and 2017 Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice recipient announced:

The 2017 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame honorees include:

2017 Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice Recipient:

Iowa Women's Hall of Fame members:

Now Accepting Nominations for 2018

Nominate a woman for the 2018 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame (nomination deadline: April 1, 2018):

Nominate a person for the 2018 Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice (nomination deadline: April 1, 2018):