Groups Want More Women In IA Politics

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

A councilwoman in Cedar Rapids has started a decade-long effort at electing more women to state and federal offices.

Councilwoman Monica Vernon started her 50-50 in 2020 group on Wednesday, saying "a century is long enough to wait." The group is a bipartisan, issue-neutral group with a top goal of having a female governor of Iowa by 2020. The Gazette newspaper in Cedar Rapids reports that 23 percent of the 150 Iowa legislators are women.

Iowa has not elected a woman to Congress or as governor. Vernon calls her effort a "strong nudge for women to get out and run" for office. The group has two co-chairwomen, Democrat Jean Lloyd-Jones of Iowa City and Republican Maggie Tinsman of Davenport. Both women are former legislators

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