• IWF Celebrates Black History in Iowa: Vivian Smith and Murda Beason

    February 15, 2021

    View the women’s suffrage movement through the experiences of two Black Iowans, Vivian Smith and Murda Beason.

  • IWF Celebrates Black History in Iowa: Grace Allen Jones

    February 12, 2021

    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.

  • IWF Celebrates Black History in Iowa: Gertrude Rush

    February 10, 2021

    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 »

  • 3rd Session Advocacy

    January 25, 2021

    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 »

  • Meet Our 2021 Grantees

    October 12, 2020

    Help us celebrate these amazing grant partners across the state of Iowa who are daily working to break down the barriers that keep woman and girls from achieving economic self-sufficency. Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa Smart Girls Location: Pol… Read more »

  • Watch the 2020 OVATION Unveiling Ceremonies

    June 16, 2020

    2020 Online Unveiling Receptions Click to watch the Iowa City Area unveiling Click to watch the Des Moines Area unveiling Click to watch the North Liberty-Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Area unveiling Click to watch the Cedar Falls-Waterloo Area unveiling Join… Read more »

  • The CAREforce for Our WORKforce

    May 7, 2020

    Child care professionals drive Iowa’s economy by providing essential services for families, allowing working parents to thrive in careers while children receive critical early childhood support. They are not merely babysitters—these highly-trained prof… Read more »

  • Women’s Funding Network announces ‘Signal for Help’ program for those trapped at home with abusers

    April 29, 2020

    Hand signal provides those experiencing violence in home isolation a way to discreetly communicate when they need help

  • For Essential Workers, Nothing Is More Essential Than Child Care

    April 6, 2020

    This guest column from IWF Executive Director, Dawn Oliver Wiand was originally published in the Gazette Thursday, April 2nd. For the last three weeks, our country has grappled with the question, “In a crisis, what can’t we live without?” We’ve had to… Read more »

  • Cambridge and TrafFix Devices Make Major Contributions to New Child Care Center

    January 31, 2020

    We are so excited to hear that Cambridge Investment Research and TrafFix Devices have pledged major contributions ($1.25 million from Cambridge and $500k from TrafFix) to Jefferson County Kids Inc’s, future child care center! These companies are creati… Read more »

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