is a pioneering consumer economist, gifted journalist, and a woman
who authentically and most successfully dedicated her lifes
work to advancing the status of women."
Coe College President John E. Brown, 1995
Dieken, born in Grundy County, Iowa in 1910, graduated with her
B.A. from Coe College and following graduate studies in consumer
economics and journalism at Iowa State University, launched her
career as an editor and businesswoman. As an editor, Dieken garnered
first the resources of the United States Department of Agriculture
Extension Service in Ames, Iowa and then of the most influential
farm magazine of the world, the Farm Journal. As a longtime
editor of the family magazine within Farm Journal, she
championed farm women as vital partners in farm production, as
effective community leaders, and as intelligent and strong nurturers.
The differences she made in the lives of farm families during
an era of great change in agriculture reached far beyond her
readers of the 1940s-70s, into the lives of the next generations.
Dieken established the book publishing division of Farm Journal,
Inc., and within the first decade, over ten million books
were distributed. During this period, she became vice president
and a member of the board of directors of Farm Journal, Inc.
She was the first woman recipient of the Reuben Brigham Award
for outstanding service to agriculture and rural living through
mass communication media. Dieken is listed in Whos Who
of American Women. Dieken was inducted into the Iowa Women's
Hall of Fame in 1995.
was selected Woman of the Yearby Women in Communications
in 1947. She received the Coe College Alumni Award of Merit in
1957. She died August 31, 2002.