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My Story, Part 2


A year ago, I shared with you all some not-so-pretty moments and history of my life in the workplace. You can read more about my experiences from 2013 here: https://www.catebryan.com/single-post/2018/10/04/My-Story

Long story short, I wanted my pain, anger, and frustration of having worked in a toxic, harassing environment addressed, but addressed in a way that was life-giving. In working alongside Governor Reynolds, she began the yearly tradition of signing the Change of Culture proclamation and the first one was signed in October 2018.

The proclamation reads as follows:

WHEREAS, throughout history, sexual harassment has been a stain on our culture. It is a destructive force in the workplace and in all facets of life; and

WHEREAS, women have found the courage to speak out during this unprecedented moment in time; and

WHEREAS, sexual harassment is not a partisan issue. It cannot be fixed by legislation or rule-making alone; and

WHEREAS, the solution starts with every individual. It is about showing common respect to others. It also is about character and decency; and

WHEREAS, we cannot change behavior everywhere. But, in Iowa, we have an obligation to lead and serve as a role model for other states to follow; and

WHEREAS, what we do in Iowa matters. We must ensure justice and fairness prevails; and

WHEREAS, we must change the culture once and for all:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kim Reynolds, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby proclaim the month of October 201_ as

CHANGE THE CULTURE MONTH

in the State of Iowa.