KIMT NEWS 3- A new survey finds 95 counties in Iowa are violating state code by not having gender balance on all of their boards and commissions. That’s according to the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State.
Susan Jacobs works at the Charles City Carrie Chapman Girlhood home, a local branch of the efforts to get more women to run for public office.
While she said the numbers look bad, this is still progress. According to the survey, more than half of the state boards and commissions are gender balanced with women taking roles on boards of health. According to the data, this is up from when the survey was done two years prior.
But Jacobs said women in some counties don’t have the time to devote towards public office.
“One of our have a local county supervisors is a female and I know her personally, she said. “It takes a lot of time to go to committee meetings and go to board meetings and to research the issues. “Sometimes women with small children just can't devote that time.”
Jacobs said there is currently an effort to have 50% women on in elected positions by the year 2020. That is the 100th anniversary of women being able to vote.