Jacqueline Day


"Jacqueline Day has worked vigorously in politics during a period of time when most thought a Women's place was in the kitchen. During the Vietnam war, she went to Vietnam to learn first hand if we were being told the truth of that controversial conflict."
—Judith Fisher, 1978

Jacqueline Day, in 1969, arranged the initial conference of representatives from Women's organizations that resulted in Governor Robert D. Ray establishing the Commission on the Status of Women. As one of the first members of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, she worked to secure its state department status. Day was also instrumental in organizing the Commission's first annual Iowa Women's Hall of Fame awards. Employed as the public relations officer for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Des Moines for many years, Day also worked as a national Equal Employment Opportunity investigator for the Veterans Administration. In 1967 and 1970, she visited Vietnam as a member of a Congressional fact-finding team. A lifelong resident of Des Moines, Day was born in 1918. Day was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1978.

UPDATE: Day served as confidential secretary and honorary colonel to Governors Robert Ray and Norman Erbe. She was a member of the Iowa Board of Parole for six years, chairing four of those years. She also chaired the Governor's Blue Ribbon Committee for Recruitment and Retention in Iowa National Guard as well as committees to erect World War II, Korean, and Vietnam veteran memorials on State Capitol grounds. She has served on search committees for the Deputy Adjutant General of Iowa, Chief of Iowa Highway Patrol, and executive director of the Commission on Veterans Affairs. Day served 15 years on the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Council. She is currently serving on the Iowa Centennial Commission which provides scholarships for Iowa seniors. Day is active with the Meskwaki Indians at Tama, who call her “Old Wolf Lady.” She has been honored with induction into the East High School Hall of Fame. Upon her retirement from VA Medical Center, a shelter house was erected and dedicated to Day named "DAY PLAZA," the plaque inscribed with "No Greater Love." Day died on June 23, 2002.