Newsletter Update
50-50 in 2020 
Spring 2017 

WHO'S NEW AT 50-50 IN 2020
 
The March meeting of our Board of Directors included approval of a new board member, Valerie Hennings, assistant professor of political science at Morningside College in Sioux City.

Hennings' research focuses on a variety of issues relating to gender and politics, including candidate training programs and their influences on women's political ambition.
Sounds like another perfect fit for a board of women intent on achieving gender equity for Iowa's Legislature and congressional delegation!

Welcome, Valerie!   

50-50 IN 2020 ADVISORY COUNCIL UPDATE

50-50 in 2020's Advisory Council has five new members who will be helping with outreach and recruitment.   

They are: Mary Ann Burk of Waterloo, former director of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa; University of Northern Iowa professor Jayme Neiman, who is also student adviser to the UNI campus 50-50 in 2020 chapter; Sarah Fisher Gardial, dean of the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa; Peter Damiano, director of the UI Public Policy Center; and Mike Gronstal, former Iowa Senate majority leader from Council Bluffs.
 
As they say in baseball, looks like some heavy hitters in that lineup! Welcome all!

CAMPUS CONNECTION CONTINUES TO GROW

Congratulations and welcome aboard to the University of Iowa Chapter of 50-50 in 2020! They received approval from the University in February. 

The Hawkeyes become the second collegiate chapter of 50-50 in 2020 in the state, joining the student organization founded last year at the University of Northern Iowa.

SEE YOURSELF HERE! STILL TIME TO REGISTER!

The 2017 edition of See Yourself Here is set for March 28 - 29 at the state Capitol in Des Moines. Sponsored by 50-50 in 2020 in collaboration with the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University, the day-and-a half seminar is the best way we know to let women feel "at home" in the Iowa Legislature.  

Visit 50-50in2020.org to register today. Registration is limited, so sign up today.  It's the best $30 you'll ever invest in your political future!  

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH - A FUN FACT

Both of 50-50 in 2020's co-founders are enshrined in the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame.
 
Jean Lloyd-Jones was inducted into the group in 2003 and Maggie Tinsman was honored in 2014. Among their many individual accomplishments, both women served together at one time in the Iowa Senate where they were members of a women's "caucus," comprised of both Democrat and Republican lawmakers.

A DISMAYING BIT OF IOWA WOMEN'S HISTORY

Carolyn Pendray, of Maquoketa, was the first female to serve in the Iowa Legislature. Born in Mount Pleasant in 1881, she was elected from Jackson County to the House of Representatives in 1928, two years after women were first allowed to serve in the Iowa Legislature and served two terms there.
 
In 1932 she became the first woman to be elected to the Iowa Senate, unseating an incumbent.  She was the only woman to have served in both chambers at the time of her death in 1958 and was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1978.
As a legislator, Pendray cosponsored a bill permitting a wife to hold certain property of her own, exempt from seizure for debt.  Prior to this law, only the husband was recognized as head of a household, and only he could claim property exempt from seizure for debt.
 
Here's the dismaying part: In all the years since Pendray served so well in our state legislature, she is the only woman to ever be elected from Jackson County. Isn't it time that changed?

SAVE THE DATE!

Save the Date for our Sixth Annual Equity for Women Award reception, Des Moines,  5:00-7:00 pm Thursday, September 28