2017 Inductees

Jane Boyd (Formerly of
Cedar Rapids; deceased)
U.S. Senator Joni K. Ernst
(Red Oak)
Councilwoman Christine
Hensley (Des Moines)
Governor Kimberly K.
Reynolds (Osceola)


Iowa Women's Hall of Fame 2017 | Join Us!

2017 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame Ceremony

Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. 
Staplin Performing Arts Center, Valley High School
3650 Woodland Avenue, West Des Moines, IA
(free and open to the public)

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.

2017 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame 
Reception and Celebration

Please join the Friends of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women in celebrating the achievements of the 2017 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame honorees at a reception immediately following the ceremony! The reception will provide a wonderful opportunity to enjoy time with friends, family and others who wish to share in this special day with the honorees.

Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame 2017 Inductees 

Jane Boyd (Formerly of Cedar Rapids; deceased): Early Iowa civil rights leader; social worker; educator; social change agent

U.S. Senator Joni K. 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

Councilwoman Christine Hensley (Des Moines): Longest-serving Des Moines city council member; business and community leader; mentor

Governor Kimberly K. Reynolds (Osceola): first female Governor of Iowa; advocate for women in leadership and in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

2017 Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice Recipient:

Alicia Parrott 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

The women inducted into the Hall of Fame have made a major impact on the lives of others and helped to elevate the status of women in our state, our nation, and, in some cases, around the world.

Thank you to our Sponsors!


Delta Dental of Iowa

Iowa Student Loan
Liquidity Corporation


Business and Professional
Women of Iowa

Carrie Chapman Catt Center
for Women and Politics

Community CPA & 
Associates, Inc.

EMC Insurance Companies

Sally J. Pederson

Iowa Women's Foundation

Karla Fultz McHenry

Peoples Trust & Savings Bank

Riley Resource Group


Elizabeth Baird &
Ken Cameron

Fran Fleck

Interfaith Alliance of Iowa

David Leshtz

Jill Olsen

James A. Parrott

Phyllis Peters

Friends of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women | PO BOX 71234 | Clive, IA 50325