Women in Iowa Politics Database

In fall 2011, the Catt Center established its Women in Iowa Politics Database. This first-of-its-kind database serves as a resource for government officials, researchers, teachers and others with an interest in Iowa politics in general and the roles of women in Iowa politics in particular.

The following graphs, fact sheets and reports are products of the Women in Iowa Politics Database and the Gender Balance Project.

Information on this website, including but not limited to fact sheets, graphs and reports, can be used for non-commercial purposes, provided that clear and visible credit is given to the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women in Politics at Iowa State University. Any information used must include proper citations of that information. Commercial reproduction requires prior permission in writing from the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics.

For questions or research inquiries, contact the center at cattcntr@iastate.edu.


Women Candidates for National and Statewide Office

2016

Type Resource
Fact Sheets
2016 Iowa General Election Candidates by Gender (1/18/2017)
2016 Iowa Primary Election Results: Women Candidates
Gender and Status of 2016 Iowa Primary Candidates

2014

Type Resource
Fact Sheets
2014 Iowa General Election Results: Women Candidates
2014 Iowa Primary Election Results: Women Candidates
Summary: Women in the 2014 Iowa Primary Elections

2012

Type Resource
Fact Sheets
2012 Iowa General Election Results: Women Candidates
2012 Iowa Primary Election Results: Women Candidates

Historical Data

Type Resource
Fact Sheets
Iowa Women Candidates for U.S. Congress 1962-Present (1/18/2017)
Women Candidates for Statewide Elective Executive Office in Iowa 1932-Present (9/16/15)
Graphs
Candidates in Iowa’s General Elections 2000-2016 (1/18/17)
Percentage of Women Candidates in Iowa's General Elections: 2000-2016
Number of Women State Legislative Candidates and Winners: 2000-2016

Women in Public Office

State

Type Resource
Fact Sheets
Current Numbers: Women in Iowa Politics 2017 (2/2/2017)
Women in the Iowa State Legislature 2017
Legislative Snapshot of General Assembly 86: 2015-2017
Women in the Iowa State Legislature 2015
Legislative Snapshot of General Assembly 85: 2013-2015
Women in the Iowa State Legislature 2013
Women in the Iowa State Legislature 2012

Historical Data

Type Resource
Fact Sheets
Women Statewide Elective Executives of Iowa 1923-Present (2/2/15)
Women in the Iowa State Legislature: 1981-2015
Women in Legislative Leadership Positions: 2003-2015
Graphs
Percentage of Iowa State Legislative Seats Held by Women: 2003-2017
Percentage of Women in the Iowa Legislature by Party - General Assembly 2003-2017
Percentage of Women in Legislative Leadership - Iowa General Assembly 2003-2017
Leadership Positions in the Iowa State Legislature: 2013-2017
Biographies
Pam Jochum (7/10/2014)
Linda Upmeyer (7/10/2014)
Pathways to Politics: U.S. Senate (2/17/2016)
Pathways to Politics: State Executive (2/17/2016)

County

Type Resource
Fact Sheets
Gender Balance Project: County Boards and Commissions (6/6/2016)
Gender Balance Project: County Boards and Commissions (3/1/2014)
Women Serving on County Boards and Commissions in Iowa (7/13/2016)
Maps
Gender Balance Project: Gender-balanced Counties Map (2/25/2014)

Municipal

Type Resource
Fact Sheets
Gender Balance Project: City Boards and Commissions (6/6/2016)
Gender Balance Project: City Boards and Commissions (5/5/2014)
Women Serving on Municipal Boards and Commissions in Iowa (7/13/2016)
Women in Iowa Municipal Government 2012
2013 Iowa Municipal Election: Women Candidates
Reports
Who Serves? Gender, Personality and their Impact on Decision-Making Groups in Local Politics, by Rebecca J. Hannagan, Christopher W. Larimer and Matthew V. Hibbing
Maps
Gender Balance Project: Gender-balanced Counties and Municipalities Map

School District

Type Resource
Fact Sheets
Women on Iowa School Boards, by county, 2015-2017 (1/18/2017)
Women on Iowa School Boards, by school board, 2015-2017 (1/18/2017)
Women Serving on Iowa School Boards (7/13/16)
Women and the 2013 Iowa School Board Elections (4/30/14)
Women on Iowa School Boards 2014 (4/30/14)

Iowa State University Student Government

Type Resource
Fact Sheets
Women in Iowa State University’s Student Government (9/3/2015)

General information

Type Resource
Fact Sheets
States with Gender Balance Legislation (5/15/13)
Political Information and Resources
Firsts for Iowa Women in Politics
Reports
Gender Balance Legislation at the State and Local Level, by Wendy Jaquet
Going for Gender Balance in Iowa: Will it be Successful? by Rebecca J. Hannagan and Christopher W. Larimer
Sex Differences, Personality, and Ideology: A Deeper Investigation Via Contexts in a Study of Local Politics, by Rebecca J. Hannagan, Christopher W. Larimer and Matthew V. Hibbing
Women and Elective Office in Iowa, by Dianne Bystrom
History of Gender Balance Brief
2014 Gender Balance Project Results Brief