Lou Henry Hoover
Hoover has impacted on many Women's lives throughout our country
and the world. We, as women of Iowa, would be remiss if we did
not recognize the significant role she played during the early
part of this century."
Diana Mayes, 1987
Hoover was born in Waterloo, Iowa in 1874. At the age of 10,
she moved to California and in 1898 became the first woman to
earn a geology degree from Stanford University. There, she met
and married the future president of the United States; they and
their family traveled and lived all over the world. Intelligent,
talented, energetic, and public-spirited, she directed her efforts
toward the benefit of others. During World War I, she established
the American Women's Committee for Economic Relief to aid wounded
soldiers and families. She organized food conservation drives
and provided housing and assistance for women. She twice served
with distinction as national president of the Girl Scouts of
America. She organized the National Women's Athletic Association
and a National Women's Conference on Law Enforcement. She enjoyed
a lifelong love of the outdoors and a dedication to conservation.
Since her death in 1944, awareness of the impact of her life
has increased through the release of her papers and other written
materials. Hoover was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of
Fame in 1987.