Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice Recipients

Governor Robert D. Ray —1982
Mary Louise Smith —1984
Dr. Sue Follon —1985
Dr. Patricia Geadelmann —1987
Minnette Doderer —1989
Lonabelle Kaplan "Kappie" Spencer —1990
Dr. Charles Hughes Bruner —1992
Louise Rosenfield Noun — 1993
Mary Molen Wiberg — 1994
Betty Talkington —1995
Maude Esther White — 1996
Naomi Christensen — 1997
Edna M. Griffin — 1998
Governor Terry E. Branstad — 1999
Suzanne O’Dea Schenken — 2000
Jane Elliott — 2001
Reverend Carlos Jayne — 2002
Rekha Basu — 2003
Marie C. Wilson — 2004
Susan C. Buckley — 2005
Jane Jones Turner Burleson — 2006
Marilyn O. Murphy — 2007
Dr. Kesho Y. Scott — 2008
Sister Mary McCauley, BVM — 2009
Brad Clark - 2010
Marti Anderson - 2011



Sharon Malheiro

Sharon Malheiro has worked tirelessly for civil rights in Iowa, leading the campaign for marriage equality in the state. As a senior shareholder at the Davis Brown Law Firm, she practices in the areas of employment law, including employment discrimination, litigation and corporate employment policies and practices, as well as media and communication law. In 1991, Malheiro 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. After the completion of the Task Force’s report, she was 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. In 2003, Malheiro acted as co-counsel for Alons v. Woodbury County, which upheld a district court decision dissolving the Vermont civil union of a same-sex couple. In 2009, she served as an expert witness in Varnum v. Brien, a landmark case that declared the Iowa Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. Additionally, Malheiro served as co-counsel in Gartner v. Iowa Department of Public Health, which ruled Iowa parents in same-sex marriages must be allowed to have both of their names listed on their child’s birth certificate, consistent with Iowa’s spousal presumption of parentage. Malheiro founded One Iowa in 2005, a statewide organization seeking full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Iowans, and currently chairs the One Iowa board. She also provides pro bono legal counsel for Aids Project of Central Iowa and is one of the cooperating attorneys for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.