Sharon Malheiro, a senior shareholder at Davis Brown law firm, will receive the Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice and four Central Iowa women will be inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame Aug. 24 at the State Historical Building in Des Moines.

 

Also inducted will be: Mary Louise Sconiers Chapman, Des Moines; Patty Jean Poole Judge, Albia; the late Barbara Marie Mack, Des Moines, and Dr. Deborah Ann Turner, Des Moines.

 

"They symbolize the diversity of Iowa, demonstrating outstanding achievements in the fields of health care, higher education, agriculture, media and law. Generations of Iowans can look to these remarkable individuals as role models," Phyllis Peters, chair of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, said in a news release.

 

The induction ceremony is held in conjunction with Women's Equality Day, which is celebrated Aug. 26 and commemorates the day in 1920 when American women first obtained the right to vote.

 

Dr. Mary Louise Sconiers Chapman

Chapman joined Des Moines Area Community College in 1990 and was the first woman to serve as an executive dean at the college. She went on to become the vice president of community and workforce partnerships. Chapman has created programs for women and at-risk youths, including the establishment of face-to-face college credit programs for the inmates at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville. She engineered strategic partnerships to support the Des Moines public schools' Teacher Quality Program, which successfully placed dozens of minority teachers in Des Moines; and worked to develop the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families in Des Moines, a community-based, integrated service delivery partnership between education, business and community that connects families and individuals with education, support services, career pathways and employment. She has served dozens of community and statewide boards and other civic organizations.

 

Patty Jean Poole Judge

Judge began her career in Albia as a registered nurse and as a partner with her husband in a Monroe County farming operation. She purchased her parents' real estate business in the early 1980s. As she built the business, Judge became aware of the looming farm crisis, and she began helping hundreds of farm families and their creditors find solutions to financial troubles through the Iowa Farmer Creditor Mediation Service. She was elected to the Iowa Senate in 1992 and re-elected in 1996. In 1998, she became the first woman elected Iowa secretary of agriculture and was re-elected in 2002. In 2006, Judge was elected Iowa's lieutenant governor, serving with Gov. Chet Culver. During her term in office, she also served the state as the homeland security adviser and was instrumental in coordinating critical response operations during the floods of 2008. Since leaving the state government in  2011, Judge has created a consulting company and has assisted many candidates in their bids for elected office.

 

Barbara Marie Mack

Mack was a journalist, lawyer and teacher. She put herself through college in just three years, receiving a Bachelor of Arts with Phi Beta Kappa academic honors in journalism from Iowa State University in 1974. Long before college, Mack was at home in a newsroom. She started as a copy courier at age 16 with the Des Moines Register and Tribune, then rose to reporter after graduation. She helped found the Iowa Freedom of Information Council in 1975. She received a law degree in 1977 from Drake University Law School.  Five years later, Mack became the first female corporate secretary and general counsel at the Register and Tribune Co. After the company was sold to Gannett Co. Inc., she was of counsel at the Davis Brown law firm before returning to ISU as a professor in journalism and mass communications. Mack also made it a priority to tutor students who needed to pass the fundamental language usage exam required for entry into the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communications. She died in 2012. Her legacy is a generation of young people, particularly women, poised to have positive impacts on Iowa and on the world beyond.

 

Dr. Deborah Ann Turner

As a child, Turner often heard her mother say, "There is only one race: the human race." And her father always told her, "I've never met a stranger." Turner has lived by those words since her birth in 1950. Turner was the first African-American woman to integrate a sorority at Iowa State University, to be certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the specialty of gynecologic oncology and to be hired as a gynecological oncologist at the University of Nebraska, University of Iowa and Medical College of Wisconsin. In 2000, Turner became director of gynecologic oncology at Mercy Cancer Center, where she continues her practice. She studied nights and weekends to obtain a law degree, all the while maintaining her medical practice. Turner has served on the Iowa Board of Regents and as vice president of the League of Women Voters of Iowa and president of the Metro League of Women Voters in Des Moines. She continues to educate as a clinical professor at Des Moines University Medical School and as an adjunct clinical faculty member at the University of Iowa. She has expanded her medical mission to work in Tanzania with Outreach Inc.

 

Sharon Malheiro

Malheiro practices in the areas of employment law, including employment discrimination, litigation and corporate employment policies and practices, as well as media and communication law. She has been a leader in the campaign for marriage equality. In 1991, she was appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Task Force on Gender and Racial Bias in the Judicial System. She was then asked to serve as a member of the Iowa Supreme Court's Monitoring Committee, which was charged with ensuring that the recommendations made by the task force were implemented. She has served as co-counsel and an expert witness in key cases surrounding same-sex marriage. Malheiro founded One Iowa in 2005 and currently chairs the One Iowa board. She also provides pro bono legal counsel for the AIDS Project of Central Iowa and is one of the cooperating attorneys for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.