Look around. Arguably, there is evidence that women are making strides and taking a seat at their respective tables in many places. 

Perhaps the most prominent evidence can be found in the outcome of the 2018 election. Nationally, nearly a quarter of the 116th Congress consists of women, a record for the legislative body. Abby Finkenauer and Cindy Axne became the first Iowa females to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. In Iowa, citizens elected Kim Reynolds, the state’s first female governor. Also, a record number of women are serving in the Iowa Statehouse this year.

Women are far from done when it comes to politics. Six women already are contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket — also a record. 

It’s not just in politics. Look at pop culture: Last month, more women than ever walked away from the Oscars with a golden statue. 

Women are showing up, and they’re being seen. But how far do they still have to go?

For almost five years, Lift IOWA has worked to be a resource for women and men committed to advancing female leadership and business ownership throughout the state. Lift IOWA also supports efforts to increase the presence of women on boards, commissions and in political office. 

Each year, we see progress. But will the momentum continue? Will the events from the past year translate into even more positive change?

In our fourth annual Lift IOWA survey, we hope to put a finger on the pulse of this momentum and where our readers believe it is headed. 

It is our hope you will consider taking our online survey and also consider adding your comments when you feel it's appropriate. The survey will remain open through 11:59 p.m. March 18. Results and select comments will appear in a future edition of the Business Record, as well as in Lift IOWA.

Thank you for participating in this survey, and thank you for the role you play in helping Iowa companies and residents move the needle on female leadership. 

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