It looks like if you’re a woman who wants to break into politics, Iowa might just be the place to start. Last Wednesday, Iowa made a bold stand against gender bias by requiring “gender equality” on all local boards and commissions appointed by city councils, school boards and county boards of supervisors.
The Iowa House passed the bill in a 71 to 27 vote. If the bill becomes law, “gender equity” will be required on all local boards and commissions starting January 1, 2012. Women make up 51% of the population in Iowa, yet only 18% percent of current members of four key local boards and commissions are women.