She shined as an individual. But her true contribution was leveling the playing field for all women in sports. In remembrance of Dr. Christine Grant, 1936 – 2021 In December 2021, the Iowa Women’s Foundation lost a dear friend, Dr. Christine Grant. Chr… Read more »
Eleven organizations have been awarded $100,000 collectively for programs addressing one of six identified barriers to women and girls’ economic self-sufficiency: Employment, Child Care, Housing, Education/Training, Transportation, and Mentoring. Grant… Read more »
2021 Online Unveiling Receptions Click to watch the Iowa City Area unveiling Click to watch the Des Moines Area unveiling Click to watch the Cedar Rapids Area unveiling Click to watch the Cedar Falls-Waterloo Area unveiling 2022 Ovation Join us for the… 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 »
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.