Meet the 4 women who will be inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame this fall
Four inductees — two posthumous and two living — will be inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame during a virtual ceremony on Nov. 6.
Created in 1975 to honor the accomplishments of Iowa women, there were 184 women inducted into the state's Women's Hall of Fame as of last year. This year's inductees for were announced earlier last month.
Traditionally, the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame holds its ceremony in person. But for the second straight year, the organization will hold a virtual ceremony because of the ongoing pandemic. This year's ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, and can be viewed on the Iowa Department of Human Rights' Facebook page, at Facebook.com/IowaDeptHumanRights.
Roxann Ryan, Cresco
Ryan served as the Iowa Commissioner of Public Safety from 2015 to 2019. She worked as an attorney and an intelligence analyst for the Iowa Department of Public Safety before former Gov. Terry Branstad appointed her to be the commissioner in February 2015.
Cornelia Clark, Grinnell
Nature photographer Cornelia Clark's photography appeared in children's books, scientific journals, newspapers and encyclopedias across the nation. Clark lived from 1884 to 1936.
Donna Reed, Denison
Oscar-winning actress Donna Reed famously hailed from Denison and was inducted for her contributions "as a trailblazer for women in television," according to a news release from the Iowa Department of Human Rights.
Reed is also known as a humanitarian, social justice advocate and world peace advocate, according to the news release.
Reed was an actress in countless movies in the 1940s, though she is best remembered for starring opposite James Stewart in the 1946 Christmas class 'It's a Wonderful Life." She won an Academy Award in 1953 as best supporting actress for her role in the World War II drama "From Here to Eternity."
Reed died in 1986 from pancreatic cancer. She found her widest success as "the ideal wife and mother on television's 'The Donna Reed show,'" a popular sitcom which ran from 1958 to 1666, the Los Angeles Times wrote at the time of her death.
Jan Mitchell, Des Moines
Mitchel was the state's 1997 Teacher of the Year and won the 2019 Robert D. Ray Award for Equity and Justice from the Iowa Latino Hall of Fame. Mitchell has been instrumental in assisting with the education and social mobilization of hundreds of Iowa's Latino and Latina students, according to a news release. She is also a champion of women's rights and prioritizes "service-led compassion into her work with the community."
Mitchell founded Al Exito, a program that empowers Latinos for success through education, leadership and community engagement.
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