The 8th edition of Ovation: A Tribute to Iowa Women and Girls has been unveiled! Ovation is the IWF’s signature publication and serves as a critical part of fundraising efforts each year. This year, over 100 women from across the state were recognized with a tribute in the book. We are proud to honor these women and celebrate each for the diverse and unique backgrounds each one shares with her family, friends, colleagues and community.

This book is dedicated to the Educators throughout the state who pivoted on short notice, without much choice, to teach their students through online and hybrid learning, for what was anticipated to be a short-term fix but ended up longer than what everyone was hoping for. We applaud Educators who spent more time meeting their students where they currently were – managing the digital divide, social interactions, one-on-one learning, and supporting students who didn’t always have the structure at home to stay on task. Our gratitude of thanks goes out to you all!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and requirements of social distancing, four Unveilings were pre-recorded and included video clips of the honorees receiving their gift wrapped books. Each program is specific to a group of women based in a community. To view each event, visit the IWF Facebook page at: and scroll to videos to watch the presentations in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, and the Cedar Valley.

See below to view or download the book electronically. The stories are full of diversity, grit, adventure, generosity and humor. These women are strong and beautiful individuals who lead by example. These women are Iowa. Who will you recognize in 2022?