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See Yourself Here 2017

March 28, 2017 - March 29, 2017

Women of Iowa are invited to “See Yourself Here” A two-day seminar at the State Capitol for women who have thought about running for office sometime in the future. Dates: Convene Tuesday, March 28th at 2:30 pm; Adjourn Wednesday, March 29th 4:00 pm Location:  Iowa State Capitol Building, 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319 Cost: There is a $30 fee for the seminar, which will include all materials and the Tuesday night dinner. Participants are responsible for their own transportation, overnight accommodations, and any other meals.


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See Yourself Here

At the seminar you will explore the elaborate chambers, the beautiful library, the cloakrooms and the subterranean tunnels. You will see the legislature in session, observe a committee meeting, and meet with legislative leaders. Nonpartisan staff will explain the day’s agenda, and what services they provide to members. You’ll meet some lobbyists and hear various sides of an issue. We promise you an interesting couple of days, and you will come away with a better idea of whether or not you want to run for office. The purpose of this event is to “demystify” the legislature; to give potential women candidates an opportunity to explore the stage, meet the cast, and observe the action, so that the idea of serving in the legislature is not overly intimidating.


Meet with Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds Meet with Legislative leaders from both parties and both Houses Q and A with women legislators Observe Legislature in Session Briefing from Secretary of the Senate and Chief Clerk of the House

Comments from 2016 Participants:

“An inspiring 24 hours—great group of women, very organized and focused.” “I am impressed by the quality and quantity of people that spoke to us.” “I feel empowered…legislators are ‘everyday people’ like us…” “I realized there is support once you are elected to help keep us on track.”
Sponsored by: 50-50 in 2020 in collaboration with the Carrie Chapman Catt Center For Women and Politics at Iowa State University and Iowa N.E.W. Leadership at Iowa State University


March 28, 2017
March 29, 2017


Iowa State Capitol
1007 E Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50319 United States
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