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Study finds lack of gender balance in Iowa counties

State law requires balance on boards and commissions.

Posted: Jul 20, 2018 11:46 AM

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A new study shows that Iowa's counties are having trouble achieving gender balance on board and commissions as required by state law.

The Quad-City Times reports that the Carrie Chapman Catt Center study found only four counties in the state are balanced, down from two years ago. Six counties in 2016 achieved gender balance on all of their boards.

Scott, Harrison, Jasper and Winneshiek counties achieved balance on all seven boards, while 15 other counties fell one board short.

Iowa has required gender balance on its boards and commissions at the state level since 1987. The requirement was extended to county and city boards in 2009. Iowa's law took effect in 2012.

Researchers collected data from 97 counties for their study. A separate report will be issued for cities soon.

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