Jewish Women on the Map - Louise Noun-Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women's Archives
Louise Rosenfield Noun was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1908. After graduating from Grinnell College in 1929, she went on to earn a M.A. in Art History from Harvard in 1933.
Louise dedicated her life to furthering women's rights and creating more opportunities for women locally and nationally. In 1948 she served as the president of the Des Moines chapter of the League of Women Voters. She also spent several years as president of both the Iowa Civil Liberties Union and the Des Moines chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). As a charter member of the Iowa Women's Political Caucus, Louise played a key role in creating Des Moines' Young Women's Resource Center and the Chrysalis Foundation.
Louise wrote several books and, in 1981, was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame. In 1992, she co-founded the Iowa Women's Archives with Mary Louise Smith, an action that was made possible when Louise sold Frida Kahlo's Self Portrait with Loose Hair from her personal collection. Upon her death in 2002, Louise left a lasting legacy of activism as a champion of women's causes.
For more information on Louise Rosenfield Noun, explore the collection of her papers at the Iowa Women's Archives: http://sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa/findingaids/html/NounLouise.htm
Photo of Louise Noun and Mary Louise Smith at the opening of the Iowa Women's Archives, October 28, 1992. Courtesy of University if Iowa Libraries, Iowa Women's Archives.