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 2017, 172 women will have been inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame. 

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:

  • Jane Boyd (Formerly of Cedar Rapids; deceased): Early Iowa civil rights leader; social worker; educator; social change agent
  • U.S. Senator Joni Kay Ernst (Red Oak): First female U.S. Senator from Iowa; first female U.S. combat veteran in the U.S. Senate; retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard
  • Christine Hensley (Des Moines): Longest-serving Des Moines city council member; business and community leader; mentor
  • Governor Kim Reynolds (Truro): first female Governor of Iowa; advocate for women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

2017 Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice Recipient:

  • Alicia Claypool (West Des Moines): Iowa civil rights leader and activist; advocate for all Iowans; co-founder of Iowa Safe Schools; founding member of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa

2017 Ceremony and Reception

The 2017 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, August 26th at 9:30 a.m. at the Staplin Performing Arts Center, located at 3650 Woodland Avenue in West Des Moines, Iowa. The ceremony will be followed by a reception hosted by the Friends of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women in the lobby of the Staplin Performing Arts Center. This reception is free and open to the public.

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):

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