Women of Iowa are invited to “See Yourself Here”
March 28th & 29th, 2017

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50-50 in 2020 to appear on “Iowa Press” Friday 12/16/16 and Sunday 12/18/16

50-50 in 2020 representatives will be featured guests on this Friday’s “Iowa Press,” Iowa Public Television’s weekly political news show.  Executive Director Mary Ellen Miller will be joined by 50-50 in 2020 board members Mary Rae Bragg and Melissa Gesing on the program which airs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and  noon on Sunday.  They will discuss the impact the recent election has on their organization’s efforts to recruit more Iowa women to run for public office.  Moderator Dean Borg will be joined by Radio Iowa reporter Kay Henderson and the Cedar Rapids Gazette political reporter James Lynch.

Vote Smart organization to move headquarters to Des Moines  

Drake University will soon be home to one of the world’s leading sources of nonpartisan political information. Vote Smart, formerly known as Project Vote Smart, will move its operation from a secluded ranch in Montana to a university-owned office space adjacent to Drake’s campus in Des Moines early next year. The move will bring 23 full-time jobs to the city and generate as many as 70 year-round internship opportunities for students at Drake and other local colleges and universities, the university said in a release. Drake expects the partnership to generate internship opportunities for students in areas traditionally associated with politics, including political science, strategic political communications, sociology and rhetoric, but also in fields like data analytics, computer science and graphic design, which help the organization to analyze and visualize information. Representatives from Iowa State University, Grand View University, and Des Moines Area Community College have also expressed an interest in offering Vote Smart internships to their students.

Co-founder of 50-50 in 2020 Maggie Tinsman talks about the excitement of Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds becoming Iowa’s next Governor on WQAD in the Quad Cities:

Pushing for more women to run for office in Iowa


November 9, 2016
Contact: 50-50 in 2020 Exec. Dir. Mary Ellen Miller 515-783-6390


Women’s attempt to increase their presence in Iowa’s federal and state offices took a hit in Tuesday’s election, but it will serve only to strengthen our resolve to attain gender equity in state government, 50-50 in 2020 leaders said Wednesday.

First reports indicate that of the record-setting 65 women running for Iowa’s state and federal offices Tuesday, more than 30 were successful.

“The surge of Republican victories throughout the state was bound to effect women’s chances to make gains in public offices in Iowa as fewer Republican than Democrat women ran,” said 50-50 co-founder Maggie Tinsman, former Iowa State Senator from Bettendorf. “Because there are three times as many female Democrats as female Republican legislators in Iowa, we have long said more Republican women need to step up to the challenge of running for office.”

“We are extremely proud of all the women who stepped forward to campaign in 2016,” said 50-50 co-founder and former Iowa City state Sen. Jean Lloyd-Jones. “We know that each one invested tremendous amounts of time, energy and passion in their quest for public office.

“Whether or not they succeeded, we will be working with them in the months ahead as we continue to support their political ambitions, while encouraging other women to join them in office and on the campaign trail,” Lloyd-Jones said.

50-50 in 2020 was founded in 2010 as a bipartisan, issue-neutral organization working to help women from all political parties and parts of the state to run for office. It is the only such group in America and is not a political action committee, nor does it endorse candidates. While women currently make up just over half of Iowa’s electorate, they hold just 23 percent of seats in the General Assembly.

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July 26, 2016
Contact: 50-50 in 2020 Exec. Dir. Mary Ellen Miller 515-783-6390
For a complete list of women running on the Iowa ballot, click here.

This November’s election in Iowa will be a milestone to celebrate regardless of who wins, according to 50-50 in 2020, the state-wide initiative to help elect more Iowa women to office.

For the first time in history, voters will have an opportunity to vote for women on every level of the state ballot.

Leaders of 50-50 in 2020, whose goal is to elect more women to Iowa’s Legislature, congressional offices and governor’s office, say that having women contend at every level sends a message to women throughout Iowa.

“For nearly 100 years, since women in America got the right to vote, female candidates have been the exception,” said Jean Lloyd-Jones, 50-50 co-founder and former state senator from Iowa City. “But in November not only will there be a woman running for president, Iowans will see a woman running for U.S. Senate, women running for U.S. House in two of the state’s four congressional districts and 58 women running for office in the Iowa House and Senate.”

Public acceptance of women running for office in Iowa is growing, contends Maggie Tinsman, 50-50 cofounder and former Iowa State senator from Bettendorf.

“Our job is nowhere near complete,” Tinsman said, acknowledging that even if all 59 legislative candidates were to win they would not be enough to balance the gender gap in Iowa’s 150-member General Assembly. “But the more females seen running for top-of-the-ballot office, the easier it becomes for people to see women as contenders, beginning with themselves.”

“Studies show that having more women involved in decision-making brings better problem-solving and better results – something we all want to see in our government as well as in society in general,” Tinsman said.

Established in 2010, 50-50 in 2020 is an issue-neutral, not-for-profit organization working to help women from all political parties and parts of the state to run for office. It is the only bipartisan, issue-neutral group in America working for election of women to political office. It is not a political action committee and does not endorse candidates.

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For a complete list of women running on the Iowa ballot for November 2016, click here.

New State Exhibit Showcases Caucus History

Published: Sept. 29, 2015

The State Historical Museum of Iowa will showcase the history of the Iowa caucuses in a new exhibit opening Friday, Oct. 2.

Evoking an exciting, caucus-like atmosphere, “First in the Nation: Shaping Presidential Politics Since 1972” is densely populated with images and artifacts from around the state, museum officials said in a release.

The exhibit explores candidates’ journeys from early visits to the state, to declaring a presidential bid and organizing an Iowa campaign, to caucus day and onward to the primaries. It also makes the case for why Iowa is uniquely positioned to hold the first-in-the-nation caucuses and describes Iowa’s success in selecting candidates who go on to be nominated by their party and win the presidency.

Opening day events include two high-profile political panels. The first features Dr. Andy McGuire, Iowa Democratic Party chair, and Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, a former Iowa congressional candidate and a member of the Iowa GOP State Central Committee.

Moderating the panel will be David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University and former Des Moines Register chief political writer, editor and columnist. In 34 years with the paper, Yepsen covered nine presidential caucus campaigns.

Fourth Annual “Women for Equity” Awards

Published: August 28, 2015

You are invited to the fourth annual “Equity for Women” Award honoring Bonnie J. Campbell, first woman Attorney General of Iowa and the first Milestone Award honoring Joni K. Ernst, first Iowa woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

Sunday, September 20, 2015
2:00–4:00 p.m.
State Historical Building of Iowa

For more information and to register, click here.

See Yourself Here Seminar 2015

Published: March 8, 2015

Women of Iowa are invited to “See Yourself Here”

A two-day seminar at the State Capitol for women who’ve thought about running for office sometime in the future

April 8 and 9, 2015
Convene at 3:30 pm Wednesday; Adjourn at 4:00 pm Thursday

State Capitol Building in Des Moines

For more information and to register, click here.


Michelle Bernard to speak March 31

Published: January 12, 2015

Attorney, author and political analyst Michelle D. Bernard – who is the founder, president and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy – will speak March 31 at Iowa State University as the spring 2015 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics.She will present “How American Women are Changing Politics” at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union’s Sun Room. The presentation – which is sponsored by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, and Committee on Lectures – is free and open to the public.“Bernard, who describes herself as right of center, is known for her analysis of a variety…..continues

Read the entire article from Iowa State University – Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics: http://tinyurl.com/naxc9b5

2014 Iowa Primary Election Results

Published: July 2, 2014

Through the efforts of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, Iowa State University, we bring you the results of the recent Primary Election in our State.

Please follow this link for statistics and outcome of the election that saw a large number of women running for office. http://cattcenter.las.iastate.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014-Iowa-Primary-Election-Results.pdf

Results demonstrate that women can be as successful as men when they decide to run!

Celebrating Primary Election Results

Published: June 4, 2014

Contact: Jean Lloyd-Jones 319-338-9695; Maggie Tinsman 563-359-3624

The results of Iowa’s primary elections on June 3rd create an opportunity for Iowan’s to make history come November, with more women running for state-wide and national office than ever before.

“Women have shown they have the desire and work ethic to become real participants in Iowa’s political process, and primary election voters rewarded their efforts,” said Maggie Tinsman, co-founder of 50-50 in 2020 and former Iowa state senator from Davenport. “The hard work of campaigning still lies ahead for them, but 50-50 in 2020 is excited that these women are ready to move forward.”

For the first time in history, Iowa women will be competing for three seats in Congress, with Joni Ernst chosen as Republican candidate for U.S. Senate and Mariannette Miller-Meeks elected as Republican for representative in the 2nd District and Staci Appel as Democratic candidate in the 3rd District. The November state legislative races will also feature 38 women running for 36 seats in Iowa’s General Assembly, three seats in the Senate and 33 in the House.

“The goals of 50-50 in 2020 include electing women to fill half of Iowa’s congressional delegation,” said Jean Lloyd Jones, co-founder of 50-50 in 2020 and former Iowa state senator from Iowa City. “With the slate voters chose on June 3rd, we have a real chance of accomplishing that and finally send a woman to Congress.”

Miller-Meeks, state auditor candidate Mary Mosiman, and five state house candidates participated in 50-50’s bi-partisan 2014 Blueprint for Winning Academy, held in January in West Des Moines. State house candidates who are 50-50 in 2020 Academy grads are District 36 incumbent Marti Anderson, District 65’s Liz Bennett, District 47’s Maria Bribriesco, District 95’s Kristi Keast, and District 99’s Abby Finkenauer.

Currently, Iowa and Mississippi are the only two states that have never elected a woman to Congress or elected a woman governor. 50-50 aims to break the barrier by 2020, the 100th anniversary of women obtaining the right to vote in the United States.

50-50 in 2020 Prepares More Iowa Women for Elected Office

Published: December 9, 2013

Contact: Jean Lloyd-Jones 319-338-9695; Maggie Tinsman 563-359-3624

Spurred by women’s success this year in garnering legislative victories at state and national levels, 50-50 in 2020 continues its campaign to elect more Iowa women to office in 2014.

As a major component of its effort, 50-50 in 2020 will conduct its second Blueprint for Winning Academy January 10-11 at the West Des Moines Marriott, 1250 West Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines. Participation in the bi-partisan academy is open to all women running for Iowa Legislature and their campaign managers.

The program includes lessons in grass roots campaigning, critiques of individual messages by nationally-known expert Chris Jahnke, how to operate a campaign organization, social media marketing, using party resources and financing campaigns. Keynote speakers will be Debbie Walsh, director of Rutgers University’s Center for American Women in Politics, Kathy Groob, author of “Pink Politics,” and former Ambassador to the Bahamas Mary Kramer, a one-time president of the Iowa Senate. Registration for the Academy is limited and application deadline is Dec. 17, 2013.

“The pivotal role women lawmakers played in negotiating Iowa’s health care program and in ending Congress’ shutdown of the federal government in 2013 reinforces our belief that more women are needed in the governing process,” said Jean Lloyd-Jones, a co-founded of 50-50 in 2020 and former Iowa state senator from Iowa City. “Women as a rule choose collaboration over confrontation, pragmatism over polarization, and legislate for the common good.”

“We know our academy’s training gives women the tools they need to run a successful campaign,” said 50-50 in 2020 co-founder and former state senator Maggie Tinsman, of Davenport. “Results from the 2012 election showed 40 percent of our graduates won office, compared to just 14 percent success by women who did not take part in the Blueprint for Winning Academy.”

The goal of 50-50 in 2020 is to recruit and elect enough women so that by 2020 – the 100th anniversary of the year American women won the right to vote – Iowa will have elected females to fill half the Iowa Legislature, half of Iowa’s congressional delegation and the office of governor. Currently in the Iowa Legislature, only 23 percent of the seats are held by women, who make up 53 percent of Iowa voters. Iowa and Mississippi remain the only states to have never elected a women governor nor sent a woman to Congress.

For more information to obtain an academy registration application go online to info@50-50in2020.org or contact 888-488-4293.

The Last Politicians

Published: October 28, 2013

Time Magazine

Time Magazine

Time Magazine | By Jay Newton-Small | Published: October 16, 2013

This article appears in the October 28, 2013 issue of TIME under the title “The Last Politicians.” To subscribe to TIME magazine for $2.99 a month, please click here.

With the federal government at shutdown’s door, the 20 female Senate members are setting new standards for civility and bipartisanship. Look out, old boys’ club

At one of the darkest moments of the government shutdown, with markets dipping and both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue hurling icy recriminations, Maine Republican Susan Collins went to the Senate floor to do two things that none of her colleagues had yet attempted. She refrained from partisan blame and proposed a plan to end the crisis. “I ask my Democratic and Republican colleagues to come together,” Collins said on Oct. 8. “We can do it. We can legislate responsibly and in good faith.”

Senate Appropriations Committee chair Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, happened to be standing nearby, and she soon picked up a microphone and joined in. “Let’s get to it. Let’s get the job done,” she said. “I am willing to negotiate. I am willing to compromise.” Ten minutes later, a third Senator stood to speak. “I am pleased to stand with my friend from Maine, Senator Collins, as she has described a plan which I think is pretty reasonable,” said Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski. “I think it is pretty sensible.”

As with most anything that happens on C-SPAN, the burst of bipartisan vibes was meant to send a message. But behind the scenes, the wheels really were turning. Most of the Senate’s 20 women had gathered the previous night for pizza, salad and wine in the offices of New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat. All the buzz that night was about Collins’ plan to reopen the government with some basic compromises. Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, proposed adding the repeal of the unpopular medical-­device tax. Senate Agriculture Committee chair Debbie Stabenow suggested pulling revenue from her stalled farm bill. In policy terms, it was a potluck dinner. Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2013/10/16/women-are-the-only-adults-left-in-washington/#ixzz2idsyumpE

How Women Legislate

Published: October 18, 2013

Washington Post.com

Video length: 3:23 minutes

October 18, 2013 1:45 PM EDT — Women in Congress tend to stand up for women’s issues, but Michele Swers of Georgetown University and Lara Brown of George Washington University explain there is a lot more that goes into the legislation they choose to support. (The Washington Post)

Female Bishop Pushes Iowa Women Toward Politics

Published: September 11, 2013

Katharine Jefferts Schori

Jefferts Schori, previously Bishop of Nevada, is the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

DesMoinesRegister.comBy Sharyn Jackson | Published: September 11, 2013

When Katharine Jefferts Schori was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1994, some older women in her parish came up to her and told her, “We don’t believe in women priests, but you’re OK.”

By 2006, Schori had become presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States — the first female to hold the post. She attributes the ascent of women in her church to individual interactions, like the ones she had when she was first ordained.

“It’s often encountering a living human being who represents that expectation or that fear, that begins to help people get beyond that,” Schori said Tuesday at an event for 50-50 in 2020, a political organization with the goal of bringing gender equality to the Iowa Legislature, Iowa’s delegation in Congress and the Iowa governor’s office.  Continued…

Read the entire article from the Des Moines Register: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130911/NEWS09/309110046/Female-bishop-pushes-Iowa-women-toward-politics?archive&gcheck=1

Electing An Iowa Woman To Congress?

Published: August 8, 2013

Press-Citizen.com: By Jean Lloyd-Jones, Guest Opinion  | Published: August 8, 2013

Why has Iowa never elected a woman governor, nor sent a woman to the U.S. Congress?

Feminist scholars and activists have been asking this question for years, and have not found a satisfactory answer. Now several bipartisan organizations are working to recruit, train and mentor women for public office at all levels — to “build the bench” — so that by 2020 we can get rid of this blot on Iowa’s reputation.

Electing a woman to Congress in 2014 would be a great step towards that goal.

A growing body of research shows what happens when one-third Continued…

Read the entire article from the Press Citizen: http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20130809/OPINION02/308090006/What-will-take-Iowa-elect-woman-Congress-?nclick_check=1

The Girls of Summer

Published: August 2, 2013

New York Times: By Gail Collins | Published: August 2, 2013

Congress, like France, does not believe anybody should have to work during August. However, to be fair, the French feel compelled to do some stuff during the other 11 months.

We do not have nearly enough time to discuss all the exciting things that happened in the final week before summer vacation. The House, for instance, voted for the 40th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act. I will summarize the debate:

“Obamacare is bad. … ” (Majority Leader Eric Cantor)

“Forty is a number that is fraught with meaning in the Bible. …” (Nancy Pelosi)

Meanwhile, the Senate considered a bill to appropriate money for transportation, housing and urban development. This sounds a little dull, but I want you to consider that its nickname is THUD. Continued…

Read the entire article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/03/opinion/the-girls-of-summer.html?emc=eta1&_r=2&

Quad City area leads on gender equity

Published: June 10, 2013

Quad-City Times: By Editorial board | Published: June 10, 2013

Iowa’s quest to bring more women into public leadership positions seems to be taken most seriously in the Quad-City region, where Scott and Muscatine counties are well ahead of Polk, Linn and even Johnson County for putting women on county government boards.The study by Iowa State University’s Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics surprised us. Continued…

Women of Iowa can make history

Published: April 2, 2013

Quad-City Times: By Maggie Tinsman, Bettendorf

Women of Iowa, we want you. You need to be at the table with your male colleagues to discuss education, health care, jobs, the environment, all issues you look at with a different lens than men. You understand these issues because you deal with them every day. Continued…

Read the entire article:

Role of Women in Iowa Politics

Published: March 29, 2013

Program aired on Iowa Public TelevisionIowa Press

Iowa Press invites two women with impressive records influencing Iowa politics and government decision-making.  Iowa City democrat Jean Lloyd-Jones is a former legislator and Bettendorf republican Maggie Tinsman have joined together to lead a campaign called 50-50 in 2020. One of its goals is male-female political equity in the Iowa legislature and more within seven years.

Once Few, Women Hold More Power in Senate

Published: March 21, 2013

Article from The New York Times: By Jennifer Steinhauer

Reception honoring all women legislators

January 16, 2013

Join us at the State Capitol Building, Room 116, January 16, 2013 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Brief remarks will be made by Pam Jochum, President of the Senate and Linda Upmeyer, House Majority Leader. The 50-50 in 2020 Board, Advisory Board and Partner Groups will also be in attendance

“How to Be an Effective New Leader”

January 17, 2013

Newly elected women legislators please join us at the Legislative Dining Room in Des Moines on January 17, 2013 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm.

“The Gazette – 35 women in new Iowa Legislature”

January 10, 2013

Article from The Cedar Rapids Gazette: http://thegazette.com/2013/01/10/record-tying-35-women-in-new-iowa-legislature-2/

DES MOINES – Iowa voters are sending a record-tying number of women to the state Legislature next week. The 25 women elected to the Iowa House and the 10 women who will serve in the Iowa Senate ties the record of 35 female legislators that was set in the 2009 session.

“Rutgers – Record Number of Women Will Serve in Congress”

November 7, 2012

Press Release From: The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers

The largest number of women ever will serve in the 113th Congress, according to the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. An all-time high total of 20 women (16D, 4R) will serve in the Senate, and there will be a record 78 women (58D, 20R) in the U.S. House.

The only woman nominated for governor by a major party (Maggie Hassan, D-NH) won her contest.
New Hampshire became the first state ever to have an all-female Congressional delegation as well as a woman serving as the state’s chief executive. As of 2013, the Granite State will have a female governor, two female U.S. Senators, and an all-woman (twoseat) U.S. House delegation.

U.S. Senate
A total of 11 women won their Senate races (10D, 1R), including five newcomers and six incumbents who won reelection. Also remaining in the Senate are nine women (6D, 3R) who were not up for election this year.

• The five newcomers include four women who won open seats: Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI); and one woman who defeated an incumbent: Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
• The newcomers join six incumbents who won re-election: Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA).

In 2012, there were 17 women (12D, 5R) in the Senate. Two Republican women (Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-TX and Olympia Snowe, R-ME) did not run for re-election.

U.S. House of Representatives
A total of 19 new women (16D, 3R) have been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, joining 59 incumbents who won re-election. The previous record number of women serving in the House was 73, which occurred between 2009 and 2012. When the 113th Congress convenes, it will include the largest class of women newcomers since 1992.

The women serving in the U.S. House as of January 2013 will include:
• 59 (42D, 17R) re-elected incumbents
• 4 (4D) women who defeated incumbent members of Congress
• 15 (12D, 3R) women who won open House seats.

In addition, three non-voting delegates from Guam, the Virgin Islands, and Washington, DC were re-elected.

The new women in the U.S. House are: Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ); Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ); Julia Brownley (D-CA);
Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-CA); Elizabeth Esty (D-CT); Lois Frankel (D-FL); Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI); Tammy Duckworth (D-IL); Cheri Bustos (D-IL); Jackie Walorski (R-IN); Susan Brooks (R-IN); Ann Wagner (R-MO); Carol Shea-Porter (DNH); Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH); Dina Titus (D-NV); Michele Lujan Grisham (D-NM); Grace Meng (D-NY); Joyce Beatty (D-OH); Suzan DelBene (D-WA).

The new House members include six women of color, all Democrats: one African-American (Beatty); three Asian/Pacific Islander Americans (Duckworth, Gabbard, Meng); two Latinas (Lujan Grisham, Negrete McLeod.) There will be a record total of 28 women of color in the House (26D, 2R), including 13 African American women (13D), 9 Latinas (7D, 2R), and 6 Asian/Pacific Islander Americans (6D).

Seven incumbent women (3D, 4R) were defeated: Judy Biggert (R-IL); Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY); Nan Hayworth (RNY); Kathy Hochul (D-NY); Mary Bono Mack (R-CA); Laura Richardson (D-CA); Betty Sutton (D-OH).

In 2012, there were 73 women in the House (49D, 24R), along with three women serving as non-voting delegates from Washington, DC, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. Seven were not general election candidates for the House: Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Shelley Berkley (D-NV) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) ran for the U.S. Senate; Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) and Sue Myrick (R-NC) retired; and Sandy Adams (R-FL) and Jean Schmidt (R-OH) lost their primaries.

Other Firsts and Notable Achievements
• Four states have elected women to the U.S. Senate for the first time: Hawaii, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Wisconsin. In addition, Deb Fischer (R-NE) is the first Nebraska woman elected to a full Senate term.
• Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) will be the first openly gay person in the U.S. Senate.
• Mazie Hirono (D-HI) will be the first Asian/Pacific Islander American woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first U.S. Senator born in Japan. Hirono is only the second woman of color to serve in the Senate.
• Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) will be the first Hindu-American in Congress.
• The new women in the U.S. House include two military veterans: Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Gabbard.
• South Carolina elected a woman to its State Senate, so there is no longer any state legislative chamber without any women.

The total number of women governors as of 2013 will be 5 (1D, 4R), a decline from the current six. Governor-elect Maggie Hassan (D-NH) was the only woman with a major party nomination for governor; she will join Republican women holdovers in AZ, NM, OK, and SC.

About CAWP
The Center for American Women and Politics, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is a university-based research, education and public service center. Its mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding about women’s changing relationship to politics and government and to enhance women’s influence and leadership in public life. CAWP is a leading authority in its field and a respected bridge between the academic and political worlds.

Visit The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey at:

“Daring to Live and Lead with Purpose”

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, October 4, 2012
QC Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State Street, Bettendorf

• Registration and Continental Breakfast: 7:30-8:30 a.m.

• Morning Keynote, Judge Glenda Hatchett: 8:30-9:30 a.m.

• Breakout Sessions: 9:45 a.m.-Noon

• Luncheon Keynote, Diana Nyad: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

• Exhibit Hall open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Post-conference Presentation/Discussion on “She Matters: 2012 Status of Women and Girls in Iowa” from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Be purposeful about your future and don’t miss this leadership conference to help you discover or develop your leadership skills. Internationally renowned speakers will inspire you to take on the challenge of leadership in all aspects of your life, and to use your best assets to lead others.

Conference kicks off with networking opportunities prior to the breakfast. Throughout the day, vendors will display and sell great products and services, just in time for holiday shopping! Don’t miss this chance to meet new women and make new connections.

Keynote Speakers and Session Moderators

• Diana Nyad, World-class distance swimmer, journalist and motivator

• Glenda Hatchett, Georgia’s first African American Chief Presiding Judge

• Brigadier General (retired) Becky Halstead, First female West Point Graduate named General

• Marissa Rivera, Founder of MPowerment Works

• Ginny Wilson-Peters, President of Integrity Integrated


There will be a post-conference presentation on “She Matters: 2012 Status of Women and Girls in Iowa,” by Terry Hernandez, Executive Director of Chrysalis Foundation.

Please stay and join us for a brief discussion on a comprehensive new portrait of the challenges and achievements facing women and girls statewide.

Copies of “SHE MATTERS” will be available at the briefing.

Exhibitor Information

Click here to learn more about exhibiting during the conference – a great way to reach 400 regional women with your products or services. We only have a few exhibitor spaces left so be sure to register for your exhibit table today! Click here for registration form for exhibit table.

Conference Dues

Early Bird Registration:

• Received by August 31 After August 31

• Member Registration $125 $150

• Non Member Registration $130 $150

• Corporate Table of 8 $950 $1,000

Three Ways To Register

1. Online here.

2. Mail the registration form (download here) to:

Women’s Connection
230 16th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201

3. Phone (309)631-0167

Mark Your Calendars for the Post-Conference Power Lunch!

Dare to channel inspiration into action at the Post-Conference Power Lunch. Trained facilitators will help you harness your knowledge and ideas from the conference into tangible action in your personal and professional life.

Thursday, October 25, 2012
St. Ambrose University, 331 W. Third Street, Davenport
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost is $10 (includes box lunch)

Call (309)631-0167 or register online here.

Power Lunch presented with support from Quad City Bank and Trust and St. Ambrose University Office of Professional Development

When Women Win Reception

The Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics and our statewide co-hosts invite you to join us for a reception honoring the women working in the political arena and celebrating their rich contributions which benefit us all.

When Women Win is a semi-annual election-year reception that both honors the women working in the political arena and celebrates their rich contributions which benefit us all. You are invited to meet many of these women, learn about their exciting campaigns, hear stories straight from the campaign trail, and discover more about women’s political participation both in South Carolina and across the U.S.

Special guest speaker Debbie Walsh, the Executive Director of the Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP), Rutgers University, will share good news about what’s happening for women nationally. The CAWP 2012 Project initiative has helped produce the largest class of women ever running for US Congress.

The reception will take place from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 at the First Citizens Bank Lobby, 1230 Main Street in Columbia , SC.

Register by clicking here.