An amendment to the State Constitution will appear on the November ballot that guarantees equality of rights to Iowa women. The summary of the amendment, which will be first on the ballot, reads: "The underlined words amend the Constitution to ensure equal rights for men and women."
The proposed amendment will provide state contitutional protection against gender discrimination in
including wages, promotions, hiring, working conditions, and benefits.
A recent study conducted for the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women
concludes that despite the state's comparable worth law, "bias towards
female-dominated [job] classifications when compared to male-dominated
classifications remains in the state merit system."
The amendment will prohibit discrimination against women and girls in admission, scholarships, programs, and policies related to education.
The amendment will constitutionally protect women against sexual