See Yourself Here

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.

  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.

Highlights:



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