Hall of Fame 2018

Iowa Women's Hall of Fame Ceremony
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Saturday, August 18, 2018 | 9:30 a.m.
State Historical Building of Iowa
600 E Locust St
Des Moines, IA

Please join us in celebrating the achievements of the 2018 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame honorees at a reception immediately following the ceremony in the Iowa Historical Building.  Free and open to the public.

Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees

Dianne G. Bystrom, PhD (Ames): Long-time director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University; author; professor; mentor; researcher; advocate for women in politics and leadership.

Ruth R. Harkin, JD (Cumming): Attorney; advocate; mentor; led the effort to establish the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement at Drake University; woman of many firsts – first female county attorney in Story County, first woman appointed Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, first female President and CEO of OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corporation), and first woman to serve on a number of corporate boards (including Conoco Petroleum Company and Bowater Company).

Jean Y. Jew, MD (Iowa City): Professor; emeritus faculty at the University of Iowa; researcher; fought a decade-long landmark federal sexual harassment case against the University of Iowa and won; founding member of the Iowa Women’s Foundation; mentor; advocate for gender equity and combating sexual harassment in the workplace/academia.

Peggy A. Whitson, PhD (Houston, TX; originally from Beaconsfield, IA): Astronaut, scientist/biochemist, researcher; first female Commander to lead an expedition on board the International Space Station; oldest woman to walk in space; holds the record for the most space walks for a female astronaut; American Astronaut spending more days in space cumulatively, than any other American Astronaut.

2018 Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice Recipient:

Janice T. Edmunds-Wells, BS, MSW (Des Moines): Life-long state and national advocate and activist for multicultural and women’s health equity; former Executive Officer for the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health at the Iowa Department of Public Health; social worker.

Friends of ICSW Talent Bank

We are looking for Women to be role models, leaders, thinkers—ready to use your voice and ideas—ready to shape our local communities through investing your time and matching your capabilities to community boards and commissions in your area. We want you in our growing Talent Bank. Learn more!

The Friends Board is a great group of dynamic women who are committed to making a difference for women and girls. If that describes you, we’d love to have you join us.  There are multiple ways to get involved, so that you can choose the opportunity that best matches your talents and your available time.  

Friends of ICSW Linda Bisgaard

Friends' President, Linda Bisgaard, was honored in the Iowa Women's Foundation's 2015 issue of Ovation: A Tribute to Iowa Women and Girls 
The Friends of ICSW was awarded the President's Volunteer Service award!

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Drum Major for Service 


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The Friends is helping Iowa communities to comply with the law requiring them to be gender balanced in their appointments to municipal commissions, committees, boards and councils.

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Women You Know

What happens when you bring incredible women together in a beautiful home, and serve fabulous food and wine? You create a signature event, Women You Know, Women You Want to Meet, sponsored by the Friends of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women.

Spend an evening networking with Women You Know, Women You Want to Meet. Enjoy wine and tasty hors d'oeuvres with fascinating women and simply enjoy interesting conversation, networking opportunities and the pleasure of each other’s company.

This event has the added benefit of connecting notable women who are making a difference in the community with women who are interested in becoming more engaged.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Judge Helen Adams
Joyce Chapman
Elizabeth Coonan
Kristen Corey
Iowa Center for Economic Success
Joy Corning
MJ Dolan
Michelle Durand-Adams
Fran Fleck
Karla Fultz McHenry
Rachelle Hunt Russian
Susan Judkins
Gail Kotval
Charlotte Nelson
Jill Olsen
Sally Pederson
Emily Williams-Bouska
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The Friends are delighted to feature Jean M. Baker and her new book
Letting Go The (Sometimes Messy) Art of Relinquishment

With vivid storytelling, self-deprecating humor and brutally honest tales of agonizing loss, Baker openly shares her life lessons about when and how to release the things, beliefs, and even people that are keeping you stuck.
Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

For more information, check out Jean's website

Friends of ICSW | Women You Know

Friends of ICSW | Women You Know

Friends of ICSW | Women You Know

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