B/C REPORTS

IOWA’S COMMITMENT TO WOMEN…RECRUITING GENDER BALANCED BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS: A GUIDE FOR CITIES AND COUNTIES www.women.iowa.gov/ICSW_initiatives/Guide%20to%20Women%20for%20BC%202012.pdf

This document aims to provide guidance and advice to county and city boards and commissions in Iowa in achieving gender balance. Much of the work to achieve gender balance centers on attracting more women to participate in local government.

Gender balance on state-level boards and commissions has been required since 1987. In 2009, the Iowa Legislature extended this expectation to county and city boards and commissions, effective January 1, 2012; however, there is no reason to wait. Cities and counties would be best served by developing diverse lists of qualified citizens to serve now.

Though some board and commission seats won’t expire for some time, cities and counties never know when they may have an unexpected vacancy. Moreover, some local boards and commissions have many long-term members, and recruiting other qualified individuals now will provide ample time for mentoring and skill development as “the torch” of leadership is passed.

Boardroom or Boy’s Room? Gender Composition on North Carolina’s Power Boards Presented By: Florry Glasser & Melissa Reed, Co-Chairs, Women on Boards and Commissions Task Force http://womensforumnc.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2009BoardsandCommissionsWFNC.pdf

This report studies the gender composition of fourteen public “power boards” in North Carolina. The Governor and General Assembly appoint members to these boards. The Women’s Forum of North Carolina chose to study these boards due to their prestige, size of their budgets, salary paid to members and influence in the state. The first Women’s Forum study of the gender composition of power boards in North Carolina took place in 1999. This report reexamines the ten boards studied in 1999 and studies four additional boards for the first time.

State of Washington Boards and Commisions Membership Handbook – Role of a Board Member and Resources Available Laws Affecting Board Activities, Office of the Governor, October 2010 www.governor.wa.gov/boards/handbook/handbook.pdf