Policy and Advocacy

The Iowa Commission on the Status of Women (ICSW) is the state agency that serves in a direct advocacy role for women and girls. Through a public input process, the Commission develops a policy agenda aimed at providing optimal results for women through changes in the law or other changes in the actions or policies of state government. ICSW engages in direct advocacy and works with a variety of partners to support grassroots advocacy on women's issues.

The ICSW advocates for policies and programs that equalize females’ opportunities to be successful. In collaboration with other state and local agencies and the private sector, the ICSW’s staff leverage and coordinate state investments in women and girls for maximum results. With females as more than half of Iowa’s population, the State must do everything it can to ensure that girls and women thrive. Building upon a foundation of girls and women who have the resources and preparation to lead productive, economically self-sustaining lives, we strengthen families, communities, and the economy.

Policy & Advocacy:  2015 Issues and Policy Priorities

Tracking Bills and Finding your Legislators:

To obtain information on a specific bill, go to Iowa General Assembly's website or you may call the Legislative Information Office at 515/281-5129. You may also find your legislators and get the schedule for debate in the Chambers.

If you or your organization would like to be connected with opportunities for advocacy, please contact us at women@iowa.gov.