The Iowa Women's Foundation is pleased to announce that Cokie Roberts will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Luncheon held on October 6, 2016 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

Cokie Roberts
is a political commentator for ABC News and NPR. From 1996-2002 she and Sam Donaldson co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program "This Week." In her more than forty years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting. In 2009 the Library of Congress named her a "Living Legend," one of the very few Americans to have attained that honor.

In addition to her appearances on the airwaves, Roberts, along with her husband, Steven, writes a weekly column syndicated in newspapers around the country and by U Click. The Robertses are also contributing editors to

USA Weekend Magazine and have published together many best sellers, including:Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families, From this Day Forward, and Cokie's own, We Are Our Mother's Daughters. Robert's histories of women in America's founding era -- Founding Mothers, published in 2004, and Ladies of Liberty in 2008, became instant best sellers.

Her latest book, Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868 (Harper Collins; April 19, 2016) is expected to follow the trend to become another best seller.

With a lifetime of experience in the thick of Washington politics and a deep, abiding interest in the role women have played in American history, Roberts has a singular perspective and is perfectly placed to assess the importance of women in shaping our country.

According to IWF Executive Director Dawn Oliver Wiand, "Cokie Roberts is a pioneer in spreading the message of the importance of women's equality. Her work in broadcasting, her books, and her advocacy for women on organizations such as the President's Service and Civic Participation Commission speak not only to the struggles, drive, and determination of our country's
founding mothers in shaping our country's history and success, but also illuminate

the issues impacting Iowa's women today".

Individual seats and group tables are available to attend the luncheon and hear Ms, Roberts speak. You may register for the luncheon, held on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Coralville Marriot and Convention Center, by going to; or by  contacting Dawn Oliver Wiand at, or at 319-774-3814.

The Iowa Women's Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, committed to improving the lives of Iowa's women and girls through a diversified mix of funding and action: research, grantmaking, advocacy, education and collaboration. To achieve its goals and make the most significant impact, IWF brings together and invests in organizations across Iowa that make women and girls more successful.  IWF is the only state-wide organization working to working to enhance and improve women's economic self-sufficiency.