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 »
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 »
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.
Born in Keokuk, Iowa, in 1876, Jones was raised in Burlington, Iowa. she received her teacher’s certificate from the Normal School in Burlington and taught in Missouri for three years. Jones returned to Burlington, and established the Grace M. Allen Industrial School for African-American students in 1902.
We want to thank the African American Museum of Iowa for providing these African American women who made an impact in Iowa. Gertrude Elzora Durden Rush was born in Navasota, Texas, the daughter of a Baptist minister. The Durden’s were part of the Exodu… Read more »
The 3rd Session Advocacy Team is assembling! As the 89th General Assembly of the Iowa Legislature has begun, Governor Reynolds has made child care a number one priority. Several child care bills have been presented to house subcommittees for review. Th… Read more »