Women in Iowa Law & Politics

March 1, 2012 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Levitt Auditorium
Boyd Law Building
(Reception to follow at Hotel Vetro)

When it comes to gender diversity in the halls of power, Iowa has mixed traditions. Although slow to grant women full rights to vote, Iowa was the first state to admit women to the bar. The Iowa Supreme Court has furthered progressive goals, as in Varnum v. Brien, yet only two women have ever presided on the Court. Iowa and Mississippi are the only two states in the country never to have elected a woman as governor or to national Congress.
Join us to take a hard look at Iowa’s conflicted history; discuss the implications of the lack of gender diversity; and engage in dialogue with experts and pioneers in law and politics about breaking the traditions holding Iowa women back.

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact jgrj@uiowa.edu in advance of the event.

Program Information:

Opening Remarks 1:00 PM
Introduction 1:05 PM: 
Dr. Dianne Bystrom, Director of Iowa State University Catt Center for Women and Politics
Women in Iowa Judiciary  1:25 PM: 
Judge Celeste Bremer, Judge Lucy Gamon, Judge Mary Tabor
Break 2:25 PM: 
Snacks and coffee in the lobby
Views from the Courthouse to the Capitol 2:40 PM: 
Remarks by Roxanne Conlin, Roxanne Conlin & Associates, P.C.
Women in Iowa Politics 3:00 PM: 
Maggie Tinsman, Maggie Tinsman, LLC, 50-50 in 2020 co-founder
Brenna Findley, Legal Counsel to Governor Branstad
Tracy L. Osborn, Asst. Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa
 Moderator: Brian Farrell, Director of Academic Achievement at the University of Iowa College of Law

Event Sponsor(s):The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice