To the Editor:
In a Des Moines Register Letter to the Editor, Don Budlong, Titonka, writes, "Jill Biden states that 14 women have run for high public office in Iowa and all have failed. She uses this as a reason to elect Christie Vilsack to Congress. How about voting for the better qualified candidate?" It is implied that the 14 male candidates were more qualified than the 14 women candidates.
Let's take the case of Iowa Congressman Steve King. He did not graduate from Northwest Missouri State University, taking courses toward becoming a wildlife officer. So being a college graduate is evidently not a qualification, since Christie Vilsack has her master's degree in journalism from the University of Iowa. We can then assume that Vilsack's work to promote literacy in all 99 Iowa counties does not count as a qualification. Nor does it matter that Vilsack founded Iowa Initiative that aims to reduce the rate of unwanted pregnancies. And of course, her work as a teacher and librarian in Mt. Pleasant was definitely not valuable. It must be because these are only "women's" issues.
The fact that "women's" issues are not being represented by Congressman King is exactly why we need a qualified woman like Christie Vilsack to represent Iowa. After all, women do makeup over half of Iowa's population, so why should our issues not be represented? Is it not about time Iowans elected a qualified woman to Congress?
Julie Stewart Ziesman