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"See Yourself Here" Seminar at State Capitol April 3-4


Women with an eye to serving in the Iowa Legislature have a unique opportunity to explore the possibilities April 3-4, when 50-50 in 2020 holds its annual “See Yourself Here” seminar at the state capitol.

Co-sponsored by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University, the two-day program is designed to familiarize potential lawmakers with the capitol’s layout and legislative routine, while also introducing them to the legislative leaders of both parties, staff, lobbyists and media members.

“The heightened interest in policy and politics that we’ve seen demonstrated by masses of women this past year makes us expect an even larger-than-normal turnout for this year’s ‘See Yourself Here,’” said 50-50 in 2020 co-chairman Maggie Tinsman, the organization’s co-founder. “We will have to cap attendance at 50, so those interested should act quickly.”

“If we’re going to succeed in bringing gender equity to Iowa’s state government, we need to create a steady surge of inspired and interested females from every part of the state,” said Jean Lloyd-Jones, 50-50 in 2020 co-founder who originated the idea of “demystifying” the capitol. “Past participants remark about how welcome they feel as they have the opportunity to interact with lawmakers during those two days, making it easier to see themselves as lawmakers. That’s our goal.”

A $30 seminar fee includes all materials and the Tuesday night reception and dinner at Vivian’s in downtown Des Moines. Participants are responsible for their transportation, overnight accommodations and any additional meals. Registration is required and is available, along with the event agenda, through the 50-50 in 2020 website:

50-50 in 2020 is an issue-neutral, not-for-profit organization working to help women from all political parties and parts of the state run for office. It is the only nonpartisan, issue-neutral group in America working for election of women to political office. It is not a political action committee, nor does it endorse candidates.