Iowa Celebrates 175th Anniversary of Statehood

December 23, 2021 3:00pm

10 Willie Stevenson Small

Far right: Stevenson

Civil Rights Pioneer                    


The Des Moines lawyer Willie Stevenson Glanton (1922-2017) racked up a long list of firsts over the course of her career. After becoming just the second African-American woman lawyer in Iowa, in the 1950s, she became the first woman to be an assistant Polk County attorney, the first Black woman in the Iowa Legislature, and the first woman and first African-American elected to the Iowa chapter of the Federal Bar Association.