I can honestly say these signed proclamations make me proud to come from the Rathbun and Centerville areas because it means all people, whether city or country folk, see the importance of gender equality. It comes at a crucial moment in time, since even former President Jimmy Carter released his new book “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power” March 25. Thanks to Carter's authority as a former president, Nobel Peace Prize winner and husband, one more step toward equal women's rights can be made.
I hope these proclamations are not just discarded now that they are, or will be, signed. I hope the people of southern Iowa take advantage of this news and keep moving toward change for all people. And, I truly hope this opens the minds of those who doubt, and they see just how important every person is.
Creston News Advertiser staff reporter