Encouraging women to take office

KIMT News 3 – Iowa women are getting the “nudge” to run for office from both sides of the aisle as part of a statewide initiative.

The group 50-50 in 2020 is part of a bipartisan initiative that looks to increase the presence of women in the Iowa Legislature.

Iowa is one of only two states in the country that has not yet elected a female to Governor or Congress.

“Other issues around women running are of course how is it going to affect my career and how is it going to affect my family? They’re usually the primary caretakers of the family, so they can’t really run unless they have tremendous support,” said Mary Ellen Miller, 50-50 in 2020, Executive Director.

Since women make up 53 percent of votes, the group believes they need to have a greater stake in politics around the country.

“Women make the assumption they’re not qualified. They see the office as requiring more than they it actually does. So our focus is recruitment, training and mentoring but the recruitment is the first step. We’ve learned that women have to be asked,” said Miller.

Thursday April 24, 50-50 is sponsoring a “Nudge” party which stands for no use delaying gender equity.

Women interested in running for public office are asked to attend and learn more.

The party will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Carrollton Inn in Carroll.

For more information visit their website at http://www.50-50in2020.org.

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