Hard One, Not Done


A commemoration of the 100-Year Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment from an Iowa Perspective

Anna B. Lawther

Anna B. LawtherLawther, a native of Dubuque, served as president of the Iowa Equal Suffrage Association during the pivotal years of 1916 through 1919. Widely respected for her charitable and political efforts, she was a woman of many firsts and many honors:

First woman delegate from Iowa to the Democratic National Convention in 1920. Also a delegate to the 1924 Democratic National Convention

First woman to deliver a convocation address at the University of Iowa, in 1940

Awarded honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Morningside College, in 1927

Honored with a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Dubuque, in 1936

Lawther Hall, a women’s residence hall on the UNI campus, was named in her honor, in 1940


Lawther Hall, a residence hall at the University of Northern Iowa, named for Anna B. Lawther. 

Lawther Hall