Des Moines councilman to decry gender inequality on city boards
Des Moines Register - almost 5 years
Des Moines City Councilman Skip Moore plans to talk at tonight’s council meeting on a proposal to require all city boards and commissions to be gender balanced, an idea that came after Moore addressed a branch of the American Association of University Women on Saturday.
Moore said one of the group’s goals is to see gender balance on government bodies.
“We talked about that during my welcome and I just thought it would only be appropriate that we should be considering that,” he told the Des Moines Register. “Why would it be just for the ones mandated by law?”
As of January 1, Iowa code requires such state-required boards at state, county and city consist of equally-numbered male and female members, plus or minus one for odd-numbered bodies.
Also on tonight’s City Council agenda are two recommended appointments on city boards. One, from Councilwoman Christine Hensley, would appoint developer Jake Christensen as the fifth male the seven-member Zoning Board of Adjustments, a seven-
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