DES MOINES, Iowa - Women Lead Change is pleased to announce the 2021 honorees for the Women of Achievement Awards. These historic women will be commemorated with permanent plaques on the Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge in Des Moines and honored at a luncheon at the Central Iowa Conference on Oct. 28, 2021, at the Iowa Events Center.

Barbara Lee Boatwright (1924-2012)
As president of Iowa Clinical Social Work Coalition, Barbara Lee Boatwright helped pass state licensure for social workers. She co-founded the Democratic Activist Women's Network (DAWN) in 1993 to elect Iowa women to the legislature. She moved to Iowa in 1955 and her work with Iowa Children and Family Services, Central Iowa Mental Health Center, University of Iowa’s School of Social Work, and more earned her recognition for her lifetime efforts for social workers and social work issues.
Lou Henry Hoover (1874-1944)
Lou Henry Hoover, born in Waterloo, IA, attended Stanford University as the first woman to receive a degree in geology. A gifted writer, she won acclaim for her translation of De Re Metallica, and as First Lady of the United States, wrote the first comprehensive history of the White House and it’s furnishings. Her work with Girl Scouts of America and the National Amatuer Athletic Federation highlighted her passion for advocating for women in leadership and athletics.
Jessie Field Shambaugh (1881-1971)
Jessie Field Shambaugh, born in Shenandoah, Iowa, is called the "Mother of 4-H." She started after-school clubs in 1901 while teaching at Goldenrod School in Page County, Iowa. When she became County School Superintendent in 1906, she organized Boys Corn Clubs and Girls Home Clubs in all 130 country schools. Students developed their Head, Heart, and Hands in her 3-H Clubs. She hosted the U.S. Commissioner of Education and state superintendents as they toured Page County clubs in 1909.

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