Let's Talk Human Rights Blog - March 2018

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    In this month's "Let's Talk Human Rights" blog:

    • DHR's Role in Building a Championship Future
    • Honoring our Unsung Iowa Sheros by Telling Herstory by Kristen Corey

    DHR's Role in Building a Championship Future

    As we celebrate U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Iowa as the #1 state in the country, we know it is more than our infrastructure, our healthcare, and our education that distinguishes Iowa from other states. It is our people that make Iowa a place where others want to live, work and invest.

    State initiatives like Future Ready Iowa direct our attention and align our resources to areas that still need our work and allow us to continue building on that success to stay at the top of our game. The Iowa Business Council’s 2018 Competitive Dashboard measures how Iowa competes nationally. This report shows an Iowa of great economic promise and the need to help Iowans embrace and grow our diversity in order to fulfill that promise.

    At its core, the Iowa Department of Human Rights’ mission is to unleash opportunity for all Iowans – for everyone to have the chance to be a full participant in our state’s ongoing prosperity. In doing this, we represent the future - the change. We are at our best when we set our sights on being more than separate ethnicities, races, beliefs, genders and thoughts. We can achieve so much when we see ourselves as distinct and integral parts of an interconnected system balanced for the success of us all.

    The Department of Human Rights has a very unique place in the world today. We are a place where all people, even people who disagree, are brought together to share information and solve common problems.  Connecting our diverse populations to our state is important work and foundational to Iowa’s continued success. Our results may be hard to touch and feel in the short term, but they are vital infrastructure for our future growth in business, education and innovation. 

    How does our state build the human and social capital, the new ideas and talent that guarantee a thriving future? We do it by creating a sense of community commitment and belonging that transcends anything that divides us. Here at the Department, we share the responsibility to build an Iowa that has an unlimited number of championships in its future.

    Honoring our UnSung Iowa Sheros by Telling Herstory 

    Women’s History Month is celebrated in March every year as a way to honor women who have paved the way for those of us still forging ahead. 

    Honoring women’s contributions during Women’s History Month is a way to reflect on and acknowledge the accomplishments of our past, but it’s also a way for us to reflect on how far we have yet to go. It’s a way to honor those women who are paving the way for other women and girls every single day in their lives – whether they are an educator, a leader in their community, a business owner, a mother, a volunteer, etc. For Women’s History Month, we want to honor some of the women in Iowa who work every day to make things better for all of us.

    In honor of Women’s History Month during the month of March, I invite you to read the stories of some of these women who are changing Iowa for the better by visiting our Facebook and/or Twitter pages this month.

    We celebrate you, #UnsungIowaShero.

    Written by Kristen Corey, Office on the Status of Women

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