Newsletter Update
50-50 in 2020 
Fall 2017 


Going where none have gone before, 50-50 in 2020 continues to develop new methods for recruiting and training Iowa women for roles in state government.

In October we implemented our new program, "STEP UP!" a series of day-long seminars held in the state's outlying areas, specifically targeting women who are currently serving in appointed or elected local office.The program is designed to provide guidance on what attendees should be doing to prepare for the next stage of their political careers. We are conducting the program in collaboration with the Carrie Chapman Catt Center at Iowa State University.

The first STEP UP! occurred Oct. 13 in Charles City followed by Muscatine  Oct. 20 in Muscatine, where more than 20 women registered to attend. The third took place Oct. 28 in Red Oak. A fourth session is planned for March in Sioux City. To pre-register for the Sioux City event, please contact 50-50 in 2020 Executive Director Mary Ellen Miller by emailing

We've never taken this fundraising route before, but this is the year 50-50 in 2020 is asking our supporters for online contributions during Giving Tuesday, November 28. It's an easy and great way to demonstrate your support for what we do - finding and training Iowa women to run for the state's Legislature.

You can decide the right size donation for you to give, but be assured, whatever the size, it will be put to good use to help 50-50 in 2020 achieve gender equity where it counts the most -- in the state Capitol!
Mark November 28 on your calendar and on that day go to Follow the prompts and make a contribution. Easy as can be, and so very much appreciated!


Hard to believe, but it won't be long before the New Year arrives and with it comes 50-50 in 2020's exceptionally brilliant 2018 Blueprint for Winning Academy.

The Academy takes place Thursday, Jan. 18, through Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Johnston. It is the pinnacle of intensive, comprehensive campaign training designed by women for women aspiring to hold office in Iowa's Legislature, done in a nonpartisan way with an eye to encouraging friendships, not competition.
Online registration opens Wednesday, Nov. 8. 


Two great events got this fall off to a heady start, with 50-50 in 2020 honoring Iowa Law Academy Director Judy Bradshaw at our annual Equity for Women Award reception Sept. 28, followed three days later with our Milestone Award presentation to Gov. Kim Reynolds on Oct. 1.
Judy Bradshaw, who served as Des Moines first female chief of police after working her way up through the ranks of the male-dominated department, proved to be as brilliant a speaker as she is a top cop. About 120 friends, family, and supporters turned out to honor Bradshaw at Forte Event Center in Des Moines. The secret to Judy's success has to include her wonderful sense of humor!
The governor's mansion at Terrace Hill was the scene for our Oct. 1 presentation to Gov. Reynolds, whom we honored as the first woman to hold that office in the state's history. The presentation was made during the "First Annual Fall Festival and BBQ at Terrace Hill," the governor's event to raise funds for maintenance of Terrace Hill.
With a woman in the governor's office and U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst representing Iowa in Washington, two of 50-50 in 2020's four goals have been met.
Now, if Iowa will just elect women to represent two of its four congressional districts and elect women to fill half the seats in Iowa's House and Senate, our goal of equity will be accomplished! Time to think big and recruit women to run!

Iowa women are lining up to vie for the governor's office and congressional seats in the 2018 election, as being tracked by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

Gov. Kim Reynolds, the Lt. Governor who took over the office with selection of former Gov. Terry Branstad to become ambassador to China earlier this year, will be facing  two  male Republicans in that primary. On the Democrat's side, Andy McGuire and Cathy Glasson have announced their gubernatorial  candidacies they will run against seven male candidates in their June primary.

In the congressional races, Abby Finkenauer and Courtney Rowe are among those running to be the Democrat in the First District; Cindy Axne, Heather Ryan and Theresa Greenfield are vying in the Third District and Leann Jacobsen is running in the Fourth District.
Party caucuses are scheduled for Monday, February 5th!