July 3, 2015 by Jill Christensen
Last March, Iowa’s Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds announced her “Stories of Women’s Lives” tour to highlight Iowa women as part of Women’s History Month. She held 15 events and met with nearly 200 Iowa women from a variety of industries and backgrounds to hear their stories and discuss the obstacles that they face today, both at home and in the workplace.
The tour received such positive feedback that Reynolds decided to continue the meetings throughout the rest of this year.
“Women from all across the state responded so enthusiastically to my tour, back in March, that I feel it only made sense to continue these meetings as I travel to the rest of the 99 counties,” Reynolds said.
Her visit to Audubon County was held on June 24, where a dozen female businesswomen met with the Lieutenant Governor to share their stories.
“It is absolutely critical that we work to engage present and future generations of women in our state,” said Reynolds. “My hope is that through this engagement, we can create a network that will serve as a resource for women statewide.”
As the women in attendance shared their personal stories, much of the conversation focused on mentoring possibilities and the lack of quality assistance available to women, especially single mothers, looking to gain quality employment.
Reynolds aid that initiatives at the state and federal level are being discussed, which focus on those two key issues.
The Lieutenant Governor will continue her tour throughout the state and said she plans to come back to speak with several of the Audubon County attendees to hear more about their stories, and to feature them on her website.
Pictured front row (L to R) Amy Littler, Jodie Pettit and Margee Shaffer. Second row: Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Kathleen Parris, Peggy Toft, Jill Christensen, Tauna Bohlmann, Meg Gleason, Vicky Robinson, Emily Hockins, Jennifer Bauer, Jo Beane and Genelle Deist. Not pictured: Jill Christensen.
Courtesy of Jill Christensen, Audubon County Advocate Journal 7/3/15.