News from the Office on the Status of Women - It's Women's History Month!

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News from the Office on the Status of Women

March 2019

Upcoming Meetings and Reminders

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March is Women's History Month! | March 1 through March 31, 2019

2019 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame and Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice nominations due | April 1, 2019

It's Women's History Month

Nominate an Iowa Change Maker for the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame

Looking for a way to celebrate to celebrate Women's History Month? You're in luck! Celebrate by nominating someone for the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame or the Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice. 

Nominations are due April 1, 2019. For more information, contact Kristen Corey at

2019 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame announcement
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Interested in Women's History in Iowa?

The Iowa Suffrage Centennial Commemoration Committee, the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation® Partner to Launch Marker Grant Program Supporting the  National Votes for Women Trail

National Votes for Women Trail logo

The centennial of suffrage for many women in the United States is approaching in 2020. With this landmark anniversary embodied in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation have partnered with organizations throughout the United States to launch a new historic marker program commemorating the history of women’s suffrage in the U.S.

The Pomeroy Foundation, which is a private, grant-making foundation based in Syracuse, N.Y., is providing grants through its National Women’s Suffrage Marker Grant Program to recognize historically significant people, places or things across the United States instrumental to women gaining the right to vote.

Interested in learning more? Click the button below or contact Kristen Corey at

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March is also Iowa History Month

The Iowa Department of Human Rights is part of the statewide Iowa History Advisory Council, along with other state agencies, such as the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa Public Television, and historians and museums from around the state of Iowa.

To help celebrate our history in the month of March, we are partnering with the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa International Center to host a lunch and learn which is free and open to the public on Thursday, March 28th, from noon to 1 p.m. at the State Historical Museum in the Heritage A/B Classrooms (on the first floor). We will be hosting Debra DeLaet from Drake University.

Celebrate #IowaHistory with us!


The Office on the Status of Women and the State Data Center of Iowa release annual Women in Iowa report

Women in Iowa 2019

Community and Statewide Announcements

Deaf Iowans Against Abuse has 2 positions open

Prevention & Youth Advocate and Outreach Coordinator

If you would like to make an impact on your community while working in a fast paced environment with great co workers, here is your opportunity!

Person(s) with sign language knowledge are encouraged to apply. More information about DIAA and the open positions can be found at

Applications deadline is Friday, April 5, 2019.

AAUW Iowa Joins with DMACC and Iowa Law Enforcement Academy to Combat Violence Against Women

To lead in to Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Iowa branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, and DMACC will sponsor End Violence Against Women at the DMACC on Ankeny campus on March 27 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. This will be in the DMACC Building 5 Student Center, 1240C-1240H.

“This is meant to be an early kick off to the DMACC April Victim Rights Week events,” said Jerald Monahan, Police Chief at Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ. “It will be an enlightening conversation about the current state of events with the Me Too, No More and Start by Believing Campaign and how these movements are impacting the culture of our nation when a survivor of sexual assault discloses. The impact of these movements and campaigns on the criminal justice system will also be a part of this conversation using examples of the recent cases involving Bill Cosby, Dr. Larry Nassar, and just recently the Florida case involving Robert Kraft and human sex trafficking.”

More information is available from Jerald Monahan, Yavapai College Police Chief and Stefani Simbric, Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.

For interviews with Jerald Monahan, contact him at or 928-830-1210.

For interviews with Steffani Simbric, contact her at or 515-725-9609.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) introduces Work Smart Online:
A free salary negotiation course

AAUW is introducing Work Smart Online, a free salary negotiation course to help women better their financial future!  This easy, engaging e-tool will teach you to:

  • Learn the market value of your skills and experience
  • Determine an equitable “target salary”
  • Ask for—and get—the pay you deserve

Training 10 million women in salary negotiation is central to AAUW’s goal of closing the gender pay gap by 2030.  By changing laws, improving employer practices, and empowering women to negotiate their own futures —through Work Smart Online and other efforts—we can make it happen. Please urge your family, friends and followers to take Work Smart Online course and, if they like it, to share it with their networks as well. 

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