Janette Stevenson Murray
have been notable and worthy of highest recommendation
on a number of scores... [she] has made a significant
impact in role choice for women, in the suffrage movement,
in media development, in education, and as a national
newsmaker." Carol Zeigler, 1995
Janette Stevenson Murray was a Cedar Rapids civic leader,
an early suffragist, educator, lecturer, and writer. Among
her accomplishments were fighting for Women's right to vote,
helping to establish the Child Welfare Station at the University
of Iowa, and serving as president of the Cedar Rapids Board
of Education from 1923-24 at a time when few women in the
country held that responsibility. She wrote feature articles
for women entitled "The Modern Mother in Home, School,
and Community," which appeared each week in The
Evening Gazette as well as delivered radio talks on
child training. As the state Parent Teacher Association
chairperson of parent education, she organized study groups,
out of which came three 64-page booklets that sold nationally.
She co-wrote The Story of Cedar Rapids with her
husband, Frederick G. Murray, M.D., published a history
of her Tama birthplace, They Came To North Tama,
and later went on to produce two more books on Tama County
with her daughter. Among her awards are the national Brotherhood
Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews,
1947 American Mother of the Year from the American Mothers'
Association and the Golden Rule Foundation, and the honorary
degree of Doctor of Letters from her alma mater, Coe College.
Murray was born in 1874 and died in 1967. She was inducted
into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1996.