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The Stories

The University Committee for the Advancement of Women and Gender Equity (UCAWGE) is charged by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion with the collection of quantitative and qualitative data on the experiences of women at ISU. To gather qualitative data, we invited women in the ISU community to share their stories highlighting individual experiences. Participants were asked the following questions:

  1. What was your personal and/or professional journey like that led you to Iowa State University?
  2. What resources or support would help you thrive as a woman at Iowa State University?

Our goal in doing this is to amplify the voices of women in the ISU community through the sharing of lived experiences. We hope that these stories will bring into focus the people behind the numbers.

If you would like to contribute your story, complete our Women@ISU Stories Survey or email

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    Content Author
    Karen Kedrowski

    Since COVID-19 struck the United States in March 2020, the news media has been full of stories of how the story of COVID is a story about women. Most notably, women are disproportionately impacted because they:

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    I lived in Ames and wanted to go to college, after entering college a female professor encouraged me to consider a different major and I switched and thrived in that major. My professors were supportive throughout my pregnancy, mostly understanding when I took time off after giving birth. Then I went into the workforce for awhile and felt like I should go back to learn more. ISU seemed like a good place to continue learning so I applied for graduate school and was accepted. Through my rotations I found a good professor who's lab I joined.

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    I took my term faculty position in 2014 when we arrived here for my husband's graduate program.  At the time, President Leath was growing the school and our department was short-handed instructors for undergraduates.  I felt hired in a bit of a hurry to help put out a fire.

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