Women of Achievement

Honoring contributions of historic Iowa women

Women of achievement have inspired, pioneered and championed extraordinary accomplishments through their lives and their work.

2019 Women of Achievement Honorees

Join us to honor these three Women of Achievement on June 8 as their plaques are placed on the Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge. Tickets here.

Theresa "Billee" Davis

Major and attorney, Theresa "Billee" Davis of Oskaloosa commanded a classified WWII operation with the Women's Army Corps, was the first woman Iowa County Bar president and a legal advisor/advocate for all.

Willie Stevenson Glanton

Civil rights champion, Willie Stevenson Glanton of Des Moines was the second African American woman to be admitted to practice law in Iowa, and was the first African American woman to be appointed city clerk, assistant county attorney and to serve in the Iowa legislature.

Ola Babcock Miller

As an educator and active participant in the suffrage movement, Ola Babcock Miller of Washington County was Iowa's first female Secretary of State where she was instrumental in the formation of the Iowa Highway Safety Patrol.

The Women of Achievement Award recognizes the contributions of historical (deceased) Iowa women who made outstanding and lasting contributions to the citizens of Iowa or have advanced the well-being of others throughout world.

This award will be a visible reminder to all crossing the Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge of their contributions to their work, communities, and the status of women.

Nomination Criteria
Nominees will be historical (deceased) women who are one of the following:

  • Were born in Iowa
  • Achieved prominence within Iowa
  • Had been a resident of Iowa for an extended period after achieving prominence elsewhere

Nominees will be selected on merit, not endorsement, in the following areas:

  • Lasting contributions made by the nominee
  • Nominee served as a role model or change agent
  • Impacted the social, cultural, economic or political well-being of the community, state or nation
  • Inspired future generations

Selection Process
All nominations will be reviewed by a committee of community judges and up to three (3) awards will be presented annually to be commemorated at the Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge with honorary plaques.

Nomination Form
To nominate an outstanding historical Iowa woman, please fill out the online form. Nominations for 2019 awards are now closed.

While there is no limit to the amount of information you can provide, we ask that you be brief, include endorsements from others as well as information about why this woman stands above others in her field or area of contribution.

When choosing someone to honor, consider these questions:

  • What lasting contributions have been made by the nominee?
  • Are people better because of the contributions of the nominee?
  • Is the state, nation or world better because of the contributions of the nominee?
  • Did the nominee serve as a role model or change agent?

Questions
If you have any questions, contact Amy Eaton at (515) 724-3101 or amy.eaton@WLCglobal.org.

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For questions about the award and nominations, contact Amy Eaton at (515) 724-3101 or amy.eaton@WLCglobal.org