DES MOINES, Iowa -- With each step Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds takes a piece of the glass ceiling is breaking. "She is an 's' with a he. She's a she. It doesn't make a difference. The difference is that she's intelligent," West Des Moines' first and only female city council member Loretta Sieman says Reynolds will be more than just Iowa's first female governor. "She has the ability to get everyone to work together. She's such a great networker and she steps across the line. She speaks to democrats and independents and libertarians, she speaks to everyone," said Sieman.
There are just six active female governors in America. Arizona has had the most with four and until Reynolds makes history just twenty-seven of the fifty states have ever had a female as governor. Sieman said, "More countries have had females lead then we have. You have to remember there was a point when women stayed home."
An Iowa group called 50-50 in 2020, which Sieman was a member, is shooting for half of the states general assembly to be female by the year 2020 and they see Reynolds making the Capitol building her home as a key piece to their efforts. Sieman said, "I hope young women in our state look at Kim and realize that there is that shot."