The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

August 16, 2013

Iowa Women's Hall of Fame inductees announced

DES MOINES — Four remarkable women will be inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame at 10 a.m. Aug. 24 at the State Historical Building in Des Moines.

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

"I am proud to announce that these four extraordinary women are going to be inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame," said Phyllis Peters, chair of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women. "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."

Hall of Fame awards will be presented to Dr. Mary Louise Sconiers Chapman, Des Moines; Patty Jean Poole Judge, Albia; the late Barbara Marie Mack, Des Moines; Dr. Deborah Ann Turner, Des Moines.

The Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice will be awarded to Sharon Malheiro.

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. She soon began helping hundreds of farm families and their creditors find solutions to financial troubles through the Iowa Farmer Creditor Mediation Service, which led her to be a strong advocate for rural families.

Active both in her community and throughout southern Iowa, Judge 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. During her administration, renewable energy grew to become an integral part of Iowa's economy, new international markets for agricultural products were developed, Iowa's wine industry began to flourish and the swine disease "Pseudorabies" was eradicated from Iowa hog herds.

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