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Finalists improve lives of Iowa women

WATERLOO (KWWL) - The Iowa Women's Foundation announces finalists for making significant contributions for women and girls.

The Iowa Women's Foundation has named the top three finalists in each of three categories - individual, business and nonprofit- for the 2009 50% Solution Awards.
Individual: Elizabeth Daly, Bankers Trust, Cedar Rapids; Dianne Dillon Ridgley, Plains Justice, Iowa City; and Colonel Joan M. Gouge, Iowa Army National Guard, Johnston
Business: Nolte Academy of Dance, Coralville; Pearson Educational Measurement, Iowa City; Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids
Nonprofit: Iowa American Legion Auxiliary, Statewide; Iowa Women's Archives, Statewide; University of Iowa Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program, Iowa City
Voting for this year's 50% Solution Awards winners is now open to the public at Original nomination submissions are posted online for review prior to voting. Online voting will conclude September 15, 2009. Awards will be presented on Friday, October 16, 2009 at the 13th Annual Awards Luncheon in the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Coralville, Iowa. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. and include a short program announcing 2010 IWF grant partners and honoring the 50% Solution Award winners.
According to the Foundation, women make up half of the state's population and account for nearly half of the workforce, so it is important to extend recognition to those who have embraced and encouraged full participation of women in the economic, public and social landscape of Iowa.
Since 2006, recipients of the 50% Solution Awards have been dedicated to removing barriers faced by women and girls. Previous award winners have been recognized for going above and beyond to offer professional development for women, enhanced leadership opportunities in fields where women are traditionally underrepresented and for changing the social framework in which we see women's roles defined.  

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