The Democratic Activist Women’s Network — they call themselves DAWN — is urging the Democratic party to do more to recruit and encourage women to run for office. Betty Soukup, the interim director of DAWN, says the statistics are sobering.Women comprise 52 percent of Iowa’s population, yet only 25 percent of democrats in the Iowa Legislature are women. And Soukup says Iowa and Mississippi are the only two states in the nation that have neither elected a woman governor nor sent a woman to Congress.Soukup says it’s clear not enough’s been done to encourage women to run, and her group hopes to see a woman run for governor soon. DAWN has sent a resolution around the state, urging democrats who gather at their county conventions this Saturday to talk about the issue. She says she doesn’t believe and she doesn’t think DAWN believes they’ve done enough to recruit women to run for the legislature.Of the 68 democrats who serve in the Iowa House and Senate today, only 17 are women. There are 82 republicans serving in the Legislature; 15 are women.
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