Women not being appointed to county boards
Monday, May 06, 2013 2:54 PM
Only two Iowa counties have gender balance on appointed boards and commissions, according to a report released today by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University. Gender balance is required by state law, but the law does not require counties to report or track gender balance, which is why the Catt Center decided to compile the data. The report found only Johnson and Van Buren counties are in compliance. Statewide, women hold only 28.64 percent of county board and commissions seats and hold 18.16 percent of all chair positions recorded. In Polk County, four of seven boards were gender-balanced, and women hold 29.27 percent of seats.