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The Office on the Status of Women

The Office on the Status of Women serves in a direct advocacy role for women and girls in Iowa. We engage in direct advocacy and work with a variety of partners to support grassroots advocacy on women's issues.

We advocate for policies and programs that equalize females’ opportunities to be successful. In collaboration with other state and local agencies and the private sector, we 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.

According to Iowa Code Section 216A.52, the Office on the Status of Women was established to do the following:

  • Serve as the central permanent agency to advocate for women and girls.
  • Coordinate and cooperate with the efforts of state departments and agencies to serve the needs of women and girls in participating fully in the economic, social, and cultural life of the state, and provide direct assistance to individuals who request it.
  • Serve as the clearinghouse on programs and agencies operating to assist women and girls.
  • Develop, coordinate, and assist other public or private organizations which serve women and girls.


  • Promote the inclusion of women in decision making.
  • Ensure that information about women is available to all stakeholders.
  • Enable government to be responsive to the needs of women and girls in all facets of life.

The Office works closely with the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women.

Please contact us for more information.