IOWA

The U.S. ranks 101 out of 195 nations when it comes to gender balance in its Legislature, with 105 legislators out of 535 being female. Iowa ranks at a similar percentile at 29 out of 50 states, with just 33 women out of 150 legislators. It is clear to many people that gender representation is an issue we face when it comes to the integrity of our democracy. Iowa State Daily

At Cafe La La in Coralville, owner Deokhee Hwang laughed with happiness as she explained what she loves about running a coffee shop. Cedar Rapids Gazette 

The Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation has announced 40 participants in the 2017-18 Leadership Iowa class. The eight-month program encourages civic engagement. Des Moines Business Record 

NATIONAL

Sharon Lin, an 18-year-old freshman at MIT, has been named to Crain's 20 Under 20 and won the annual #BuiltByGirls startup challenge. Business Insider

A private-sector commitment of more than $300 million to fund K-12 STEM education programs was announced by presidential adviser Ivanka Trump on Tuesday at an event in Detroit.Bizwomen.com 

Working Mother magazine released its annual list of the leading companies in female representation, benefits, parental leave, child care and flextime. Working Mother 

Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general who was fired after refusing to defend President Donald Trump's travel ban, will join Georgetown University's law school this fall. The Hill 

General Motors CEO Mary Barra tops Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women in Business list for the third year running. The ranking of 51 women includes 26 CEOs who control $1.1 trillion in market capitalization. USA Today