Mary Ann Evans
Ann Evans' professional legacy thrives in the lives
they have been inspired through her work
when it meant bucking tradition, breaking tightly-held
all-male networks, or facing blatant intolerance and
- Pam St. John
Ann Evans, through her work at Iowa State University (ISU), has
been a voice for women within the academic community, a path
builder for girls and women interested in nontraditional careers,
and an enabler for international women in science and engineering.
Since 1978, she has been a leader in recommending how ISU could
better serve women students and employees. She was a driving
force on the University Committee on Women for more than 20 years.
When it became clear that both faculty and students had a critical
need for childcare, Evans led the way in developing the ISU Child
Care Resource Program, which grew from a single child care center
to a system of services. She completed this important work while
at the same time returning to school to earn master's and doctoral
degrees from ISU. Recognizing how few women were enrolling in
science and engineering at ISU, she founded and directed the
Program for Women in Science and Engineering (PWSE), a university-wide
administrative program focused on women in science and engineering.
PWSE is a comprehensive program serving numerous girls and women,
both on and off campus, with initiatives such as career conferences,
mentoring programs, internships, role models, and scholarships.
Evans was also a co-founder of Iowa State University's International
Women in Science and Engineering program (IWISE), whose activities
have reached women working in research institutes, universities,
government labs, nongovernmental organizations in more than 20
countries. She has been active in the community, serving as a
volunteer at the Center for Creative Justice, Ames United Way,
Ames Civil Service Commission, and the Iowa Women's Political
Caucus. Evans was born September 1, 1939 in Buffalo, NY. Evans
was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 2004.