Louise Rosenfield Noun. Notes for her book, Strong-minded Women 1961-1969

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Louise Rosenfield Noun. Notes for her book, Strong-minded Women 1961-1969




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She served as president of the ACLU of Iowa from 1964 to 1972. Noun also served as a co-founder and president of the state’s chapters of the League of Women Voters and the National Organization for Women, was a charter member of the Iowa Women’s Political Caucus, and was a vocal advocate of women’s issues within the Iowa Democratic Party. In 1989, she founded the Chrysalis Foundation, a Des Moines-based organization that works to empower, educate, and support Iowa’s girls and women. With Mary Louise Smith, the first woman to chair the Republican National Committee, Noun co-founded the Iowa Women’s Archives at the University of Iowa.

In 1985, Noun’s brother, Joseph Rosenfield ’25, established an endowment in her name at Grinnell College. The Louise Noun Program in Women’s Studies and the Noun Professorship were instrumental in bringing women’s studies to Grinnell.

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The collection includes notes taken by Noun as she researched her book:  correspondence, clippings, and photocopies from various sources; other background material; and negatives of photographs for the book.

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  • English

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