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Gov. Reynolds, Sen. Ernst inducted into Iowa Women's Hall of Fame

Sen. Joni Ernst gives remarks at Iowa Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Valley High School in West Des Moines, IA. (Photo: Caroline Cummings)

Governor Kim Reynolds, Senator Joni Ernst and two others were inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame Saturday.

The annual ceremony honors four new inductees selected by a five member selection committee in the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, which was established by the Iowa legislature in 1972.

Des Moines city councilwoman Christine Hensley was honored for her long career serving on the city council. Jane Boyd was honored posthumously for her civil rights efforts in the early 20th century.

Reynolds was honored as the first female governor of Iowa, but was also praised for her work advocating for women in STEM.

"We must be empowered role models for girls and young women to follow," Reynolds said in her remarks.

Women nominated for induction into the hall of fame meet one or more of the criteria outlined by the Iowa Department of Human Rights:

• Made significant and enduring contributions to their field of endeavor, professional or otherwise.

• Impacted the social, cultural, economic or political well-being of the community, state or nation.

• Elevated the status of women and positively impacted women and girls.

• Helped open new frontiers for women and for society in general.

• Inspired others by their example.

Social justice advocate Alicia Claypool, founder of Iowa Safe Schools and The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, was awarded the Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice, an award given to an individual who has made "significant contributions to the principles of equality and justice in the state of Iowa." The award is named for Cristine Wilson, first chair of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women.

The Women's Hall of Fame was established in 1975 by the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women.

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