Gender Parity in Iowa Legislature Still Elusive

Dec 16, 2016

The bipartisan women’s group grooming women for political office is adjusting its goal of having Iowa’s legislature 50 percent women three years from now.

Women will hold only about a quarter of the 150 seats when the Iowa General Assembly convenes next month.

Mary Ellen Miller, the executive director of the group calling itself 50-50 in 2020, says it now appears that goal is out of reach.

“Better shot is [20]22,” she says. “Because of reapportionment. That’s the best time to run. You have a lot of open seats. And that’s one of the things we do when we counsel women. Pick the right time. We don’t encourage women out there to run who are going to lose.”

Miller’s comments came during taping of the Iowa Press program on Iowa Public Television.