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.
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.
The 2016 Hall of Fame honorees are:
- 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
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