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

See Yourself Here is 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 3:30 pm; Adjourn Wednesday, March 29th 4:00 pm

Location: Iowa State Capitol Building, 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319

Cost: $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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2016
Contact: 50-50 in 2020 Exec. Dir. Mary Ellen Miller 515-783-6390

REPUBLICAN SWEEP HAS RAMIFICATIONS FOR GENDER EQUITY IN IOWA

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.

2016 AN HISTORIC YEAR FOR WOMEN CANDIDATES IN IOWA

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.

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

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