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. 

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:

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):