Iowa City, Iowa , United States
|| October 14, 1929
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Jan 18, 2016 03:17am
|Info||Jean Lloyd-Jones, legislator, feminist, and peace activist, was born on October 14, 1929, daughter of Lucille Thurston and John Emerson Hall. She attended the University of New Mexico from 1946 to 1949 and received a B.S. in English from Northwestern University in 1951. In 1951 she married Richard Lloyd-Jones from Mason City, Iowa, and moved with him to Iowa City when he joined the faculty of the University of Iowa Department of English. In 1971 she received an M.A. in history from the University of Iowa. |
Jean Lloyd-Jones has been active in local and national civic and political organizations. In 1965 Lloyd-Jones was elected president of the Iowa City United Nations Association, a post she again held in 1977. Lloyd-Jones served as president of the Iowa City League of Women Voters in the 1960s and was president of the Iowa League of Women Voters from 1971 to 1976. She was appointed to the state planning committee of Iowa 2000, a commission established by Iowa's Governor Robert D. Ray in 1976 to assess needs and planning priorities for the future, and served as program coordinator for Iowa 2000. Lloyd-Jones chaired the Iowa International Women's Year Meeting in 1978 and was elected as a delegate to the National Women's Conference in Houston, Texas the same year. She was appointed to the Governor's Task Force on Government Ethics in 1977. In the 1970s, Lloyd-Jones was very active in the effort to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.
Lloyd-Jones has filled paid positions in the state Democratic party, worked as party precinct committeeperson, and was on the staffs of various political campaigns. She served on the campaign staff of Congressman Ed Mezvinsky in the 1970s. In 1976 Lloyd-Jones undertook her first (unsuccessful) campaign for State Legislature, and in 1978 she again ran, this time successfully. Lloyd-Jones served as State Representative from 1978 until 1989 and as a State Senator from 1989 until 1994.
In 1985 Lloyd-Jones accepted the post of president of the newly-formed Iowa Peace Institute, based in Grinnell, Iowa. The Peace Institute is a non-profit organization established in 1986 to "promote non-violent resolution of conflict through conflict management, global education, international development, and world trade." She served in that capacity until 1991.