Women of Achievement Bridge – Des Moines

The Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge is located in downtown Des Moines, just south of the freeway and across the street from Wells Fargo Arena to the east. This bridge, constructed in 2013, honors Iowa women that have made a difference in the state, and even in the world. Each year, residents can nominate women to be honored and a committee chooses several finalists.


Some previous honorees include Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947), who was instrumental in the women’s suffrage movement. Not only is Catt honored by this bridge, but there is also a building named after her on the Iowa State University campus. The Carrie Chapman Catt Girlhood Home and Museum is located near Charles City in northern Iowa.


In addition to Catt, another honoree is Gertrude Alzora Durden Rush (1880-1962), who holds the title of being the first African-American female lawyer in the state of Iowa. Rush was also elected president of the Colored Bar Association, and was one of the founders of the Negro Bar Association.

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The bridge features two paths, one for biking and one for walking.


The Women of Achievement Bridge overlooks one of the dams, which has a platform for fishing or just observing the rushing water.


Right next to the west side of the bridge is the Iowa Women of Achievement Park, which has this really unique swingset in the shape of a fishing pole and bobber. This eye-catching swingset includes swings for younger and older children, as well as seating for parents.

If you’re making a trip the Des Moines area, consider stopping by to take a walk on the bridge or sit and swing for a bit. And while you’re at it, don’t forget a stop at the Iowa State Capitol building or the Pappajohn Sculpture Park!

2 thoughts on “Women of Achievement Bridge – Des Moines

    • July 6, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Yes I thought the swing set was pretty cool. I had heard about this stuff all being downtown but had never really driven around to see everything until recently.


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