Iowa women have a long and rich history
with political leadership. Active in the suffrage movement,
Iowa boasted some of that era's strongest leaders, like
Chapman Catt, Arabella
Mansfield, and Emma
J. Harvat. Throughout the years, women in Iowa have
continued to pioneer in leadership at levels, both inside
and outside the limelight.
In 2008, women make up 22.7% of Iowa's
General Assembly. Three of the thirty-four women serving
in the Legislature are women of color. Iowa and Mississippi
are the only two states that have never elected a woman
to Congress or as Governor. Two women now serve as mayors
of major cities in Iowa (pop. 30,000 or more).
The Iowa Commission on the Status of Women
supports equal representation of women in elected office
at the federal, state, and local levels. We work with partners
to support nonpartisan efforts to give women the tools and
resources needed to make serious bids for elected office.
One such partnership is
50-50 in 2020, a bipartisan initiative to achieve political
equity in Iowa by the 100th anniversary of woman suffrage.
Further, we are committed to helping cities and counties
implement the new policy of gender
balance on boards and commissions, as well as to assist
more about the appointment process.
For more information on women and politics
in Iowa, please contact the Carrie
Chapman Catt Center for Women in Politics at Iowa State
University or consult the latest ICSW Status
of Women Report.
For additional resources on running for
Women Magazine, a new women’s political blog/website
dedicated to electing women to public office. It is the
first independent, comprehensive magazine-style blog/website
that offers women running for office a place to obtain resources,
links to training, workshops, books and advice, statistics
and even the ability to blog or e-mail questions.