A special thank you to our Grant Partner the Catherine McAuley Center for writing this guest blog and telling us about their work. After nearly three decades of offering transitional housing for unaccompanied women, Catherine McAuley Center (CMC) expan… Read more »
On March 10th, Governor Kim Reynolds launched a task force to confront Iowa’s child care crisis. The 17 member task force includes the Iowa Women’s Foundation’s President/CEO, Dawn Oliver Wiand. Along with the task force, over $13 million will be dedic… Read more »
Looking for a new career? Interested in starting a Child Development Home, or a center in your community? Child Care Resource & Referral (CCRR) offers providers an entry point to the child care field and helps them grow and succeed. Needing to expa… Read more »
Since 1987, the month of March has been recognized as Women’s History Month. This month honors the achievements and contributions of women as they continue to break through science, education, politics, engineering, athletics, medical fields, the arts… Read more »
So many amazing women … so many beautiful stories … who will you recognize with a tribute in Ovation this year? To start a tribute, support a tribute, or sponsor Ovation click here.
Pauline Brown Humphrey was the first African American woman to own and operate a certified cosmetology school in Iowa and the first certified to teach cosmetology in the state.
Minnie London was part of a unique group of teachers who showed that women, and more specifically black women, possessed the credentials and intellectualism to defy white stereotypes. London was able to send both her children, Hubert and Vaeletta, to the University of Iowa.
Ann Toney, and her husband Charles, owned a beauty & barber shop in Davenport. Their shop was the site of informal meetings of civil rights activists from 1961-1976. Beginning in 1943, the Toneys were responsible for reviving the Davenport chapter of the NAACP and helped establish the Catholic Interracial Council (CIC) chapter. Ann held the position of president of both organizations’ chapters.
2021 Applications for Core Grants are now being accepted for 2022 awards. IWF is introducing Micro Grants – a new opportunity for small grants to be used for emergency projects. To learn more about each of these opportunities, click here.
View the women’s suffrage movement through the experiences of two Black Iowans, Vivian Smith and Murda Beason.