2016 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame honorees

On Saturday, August 20th, 2016, four women were inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame: Grace Amemiya, Angela Connolly, Dr. Michele Devlin, and Viola Gibson.

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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 2016, 168 women have been inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame. 

Iowa Women's Hall of Fame members:

2017 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame

Nominations for the 2017 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame were due on April 1, 2017. Honorees for the 2017 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame will be announced in late May/early June 2017.

The 2017 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, August 26th at 9:30 a.m. at the State Historical Building (auditorium), located at 600 E. Locust in Des Moines, Iowa. The ceremony will be followed by a reception hosted by the Friends of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women. This reception is free and open to the public.

Now Accepting Nominations for 2018

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2016 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame Ceremony

On Saturday, August 20th, the Iowa Department of Human Rights and the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women (ICSW) welcomed four remarkable women into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame. For pictures of the event, please click here.

For the full video of the 2016 ceremony, please click here.

Iowa Women's Hall of Fame stage

The 2016 Hall of Fame honorees were:

  • Grace Amemiya (Ames)—Nurse, Advocate for Peace and Justice
  • Angela Connolly (Des Moines)—Polk County Supervisor, Central Iowa Leader
  • Dr. Michele Devlin (Cedar Falls)—Professor, Public Health Advocate
  • Viola Gibson (Formerly of Cedar Rapids; deceased)—Iowa Civil Rights and Community Leader; minister