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Jean Y. Jew Women's Rights Award History

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"It takes extraordinary courage and fortitude to take on the system, particularly if you are a woman," wrote Ellen Heywood, then chair of CSW, in the fall of 1992. In recognition of Jew's efforts, there was a "need to express appreciation for the efforts of other individuals whose contributions improve the status of women," she said. She added that "less well-known women have been working quietly for decades to point out inconsistencies in policies and to emphasize the contributions of women to create a better work and study environment."

Of the award, Jean Jew commented, "It's unfortunate that, even today, discrimination still exists on the basis of someone's sex or on the basis of someone's color. But it's heartening to know that there are many unsung heroes and heroines out there who do speak up, not just on behalf of themselves, but also on behalf of others." The first recipient of the award, Sue Buckley, said that "it is important that the institution recognizes that many people exhibit daily courage and a lifetime commitment to the pursuit of fairness and equity in the community. The award acknowledges that a staff or faculty member can have a powerful voice and be an effective player without having to hold a high position."

"There are many, many heroines on campus," Heywood stated when the award was first begun. And we hope to be able to recognize many of them over the years." The recipient is presented the award and an honorarium at the The University of Iowa's Celebration of Excellence and Achievement among Women in March.

See an October 1990 summary of the facts about the Jean Y. Jew case.

For information about the opinion in the Jean Y. Jew case, read the opinion or look at the public document in the Federal Supplement: Jew v University of Iowa, 749 F.Supp. 946 (S.D.IA. 1990). Other citations to the opinion include: 57 Fair Empl.Prac.Cas. (BNA) 647, 55 Empl.Prac.Dec.P 40,443, and 64 EdLawRep. 84.