Mission, Goals & Principles

Our Mission is to achieve political equity for Iowa women by recruiting, training, and mentoring female candidates. Our hope is that by the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage (the year 2020), women will be equally represented in all Iowa political arenas.

Our Goals:

  • Twenty-five women in the Iowa Senate
  • Fifty women in the Iowa House of Representatives
  • One woman Governor GOAL ACHIEVED!
  • One woman in the United States Senate GOAL ACHIEVED!
  • Two women in the United States House of Representatives GOAL ACHIEVED!

During the 2014 election, one goal was achieved by the election of the first Iowa woman to the U. S. Senate, Senator Joni Ernst.

In 2016, another goal was achieved when Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds became Governor when Governor Terry Branstad was appointed as the United States Ambassador to China. Reynolds became Iowa’s first female elected Governor in her own right in 2018.

In 2018, Iowa voters elected our first two female U.S. Representatives, Cindy Axne and Abby Finkenauer.

Our goal is not to replace men in politics but to bring balance to the issues discussed and inclusiveness in the process.

Guiding Principles

  • We believe in civility and respect among political opponents.
  • We are committed to creating a non-partisan, issue-neutral movement dedicated to achieving political equity for women in Iowa.
  • We are not a Political Action Committee (PAC) and the organization does not endorse candidates or support candidates financially.
  • Our board evenly represents both major political parties. Individual board members are free to endorse, support, and contribute to candidates of their choice.
  • We welcome as partners other organizations whose missions and goals are compatible with ours.
  • We encourage participation of women of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, and economic sectors of the society.
  • We recruit, train, and mentor women to become successful candidates.
  • We believe that women bring a political style that promotes civility, collaboration, and consensus building.