News from the Office on the Status of Women - DHR Board Meeting, DHR Day on the Hill and Capitol Girls

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December 2018

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Mark your calendar!

Iowa Department of Human Rights Board Meeting | December 18, 2018 | Des Moines 

Capitol Girls | February 7, 2018 | Des Moines

Iowa Department of Human Rights Day on the Hill | February 28, 2018 | Des Moines

December 10th is
International Human Rights Day

Women were instrumental in the shaping of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Women such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Hansa Mehta, Minerva Bernardino, Begum Shaista Ikramullah, Bodil Begtrup, and many others made sure the Universal Declaration of Human Rights applied to all genders - making it universal to all.

To view a video about the key role that women played in making the Universal Declaration of Human Rights a reality, click here or click on the photo below.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Community and Statewide Announcements

2019 Iowa N.E.W. Leadership Applications Now Open

Iowa N.E.W. Leadership (a program of theWomen's Resource & Action Center at the University of Iowa) is a FREE, intensive, non-partisan, 5-day residential institute designed to empower women across the political spectrum and increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the public sector. This is a statewide program that brings in speakers from across the state, including elected officials, non-profit executives and more. 

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Iowa Women Lead Change to launch the Ascent Leadership Program

Iowa Women Lead Change announced it will launch the Ascent Leadership Program in January. The 12-month program is targeted to midlevel, high-potential employees to fill the pipeline of future women leaders. 

Seats are open now to organizations of all sizes through a monthly membership model. For more information, contact O’Donnell at

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American Association of University Women (AAUW) introduces Work Smart Online:
A free salary negotiation course

AAUW is introducing Work Smart Online, a free salary negotiation course to help women better their financial future!  This easy, engaging e-tool will teach you to:

  • Learn the market value of your skills and experience
  • Determine an equitable “target salary”
  • Ask for—and get—the pay you deserve

Training 10 million women in salary negotiation is central to AAUW’s goal of closing the gender pay gap by 2030.  By changing laws, improving employer practices, and empowering women to negotiate their own futures —through Work Smart Online and other efforts—we can make it happen. Please urge your family, friends and followers to take Work Smart Online course and, if they like it, to share it with their networks as well. 

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In the News: Women and girls in Iowa, the nation & the world

Upcoming Events/Seminars/Conferences

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