The Iowa Women’s Foundation stands in solidarity with the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and all citizens of Minneapolis today. Minnesota is our neighbor, and WFMN is a leader among women’s foundations in the US. The public outcry being heard in Minneapolis this week is something we must all listen to and respond to because it is a voice of oppression, a voice of economic and social injustice, and a voice that also seeks to be heard in every community within our own state of Iowa. This is why IWF was founded and is what continues to drive its work on behalf of women and girls in need of economic self-sufficiency today. Please take a moment to read WFMN’s statement, below.
We grieve the loss of George Floyd’s life at the hands of law enforcement, and we mourn the pain that has again been inflicted on all Black lives in our city, our state, and our country. We stand in solidarity with movement leaders and call for justice for George Floyd and so many other lives.
In a culture that continually reinforces white supremacy, justice can only be achieved when we confront and repair the anti-Blackness that is woven through every aspect of society—in our homes, schools, workplaces, communities, places of worship, and government.
At the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, our vision of gender equity is indelibly bound to racial equity. The women’s movement can only be fully realized when we center the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and women of color who experience state-sanctioned violence directly and through the men and boys in their lives.
We believe and are committed to the hope that people and institutions can learn, grow, and change, but first we must confront the stark inequities and injustice in our systems, center the impacted communities and invest in their leadership, and collectively build power so that all people can create and lead safe, prosperous lives.