FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 9, 2017
CONTACT: Robin Covington
Women’s March Iowa makes changes before national convention
DES MOINES – Today, the organization created nearly a year ago to advance women’s issues in Iowa announces a change in leadership.
Robin Covington of Waukee has been named the new president of Women’s March Iowa. Four other board members have also been officially installed as part of the organization’s structure: Yana Reid of Boone, Kim Weaver of Sheldon, Nadia Ali of Des Moines, and Morgan Shutterle of Iowa City.
Covington replaces Women’s March Iowa co-founder Sandy Mostaert as president. She offered her gratitude for Mostaert’s role in the organization’s initial success. “Sandy enthusiastically kick-started our efforts and I am excited to further the vision of Women’s March Iowa in the months to come.”
The Women’s March Iowa began as a sister march to the Women’s March on Washington, a grassroots movement created following the American election in November 2016. Approximately 500,000 people marched in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2017, in support of reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, ending violence against women, civil rights, disability rights, environmental justice, and immigrant rights. Volunteers organized nearly 700 sister marches on all seven continents that same day. An estimated five million people participated worldwide; approximately 26,000 marched in Iowa’s capital city of Des Moines.
During the weekend of Oct. 27-29, 2017, the Women’s Convention will once again bring together activists from all across America, this time, for a series of workshops, strategy sessions, forums, and networking in Detroit, Mich.
“We’re looking forward to representing Iowa at the convention in Detroit,” Covington said.
Women’s March Iowa is a women-led non-profit organization, bringing together people of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations, abilities, and backgrounds, to develop and implement solutions for Iowa’s multiethnic and multicultural communities.