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Amazing Iowa Women A to Z: A New Book to Educate and Inspire


The woman who taught Amelia Earhart how to fly was from Iowa. 

If you just read that and thought, "what?! I didn't know that!" you're not alone.

During this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University education professor Katy Swalwell about her new project "Amazing Iowa Women A to Z," a book that she's hoping to publish this fall that aims to educate Iowans about all the women who are often left out of the historical record. 

"There are so many amazing women from Iowa," Swalwell says. "When I first started researching this book, I came across a list of notable Iowa women from the Des Moines Register, and most of the women on there are actresses. There are so many contributions made by women, I wanted to create a list that is more representative." 

Noreen Rodriguez, also of Iowa State University, and Karen Mason, who is curator at the Iowa Women's Archives also join the show.

Lindsey Moon is IPR's Senior Digital Producer
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa