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Dr. Dorothy Hubbard Schwieder

2012 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame Honoree:  Dr. Dorothy Hubbard Schwieder (1933-2014)

"Through her willingness to advise, collaborate, and nurture, she has modeled a collegiality among Iowa historians that has created a supportive community among those doing serious research in Iowa history. The entire state of Iowa has been the beneficiary."
-Thomas Morain

Dr Dorothy Hubbard Schwieder

Dr. Dorothy Schwieder is a pioneer in Iowa and women’s history. With decades of service, she has made lasting contributions to the state of Iowa. Born in 1933 in the small town of Presho, South Dakota, Schwieder earned a degree in history from Dakota Wesleyan University, and eventually made her way to Iowa to pursue a Doctorate in Sociology. She began her career in 1966 at Iowa State University as a part-time instructor in the History Department, later earning her Master’s degree from ISU in History in 1968. Schwieder became a full-time History instructor at Iowa State in 1974, receiving her Ph.D. from Iowa in 1981, after which she became a full Professor at ISU. Her contributions to Iowa and women’s history have included numerous book chapters, encyclopedia entries, pamphlets, articles, media appearances, speeches, and presentations that have been met with numerous honors and awards. Her work as a professor pioneered the field of Iowa History at ISU, and helped develop the field of women’s history.  Her research commonly focused on the roles of Iowa women, girls, and the home. In 2001, she retired from ISU, but remains active in academia by publishing two books: a personal memoir of growing up on the Great Plains, and a Sesquicentennial history of Iowa State in 2008.