For far too long, women have encountered obstacles in their daily lives, both personally and professionally. In 2017, the #MeToo and #TimesUp Movements empowered survivors of sexual violence, harassment, and workplace inequity like nothing else has. Senators Krist and Walz have said that as a result of these encouraging movements, we now have an even greater responsibility to turn our collective outrage and awareness into action.
They believe that everyone deserves to earn a living or go to school without the impediments of sexual assault, harassment, or discrimination. Instead of focusing only on the individuals who perpetrate these offenses, however, we must also talk about the culture in which they exist.
The Krist-Walz administration will place a priority on ensuring that the culture within each state agency ensures all employees feel safe, respected, and comfortable speaking up without fear of retribution. They believe that changing the culture of disparity and misconduct in the workplace starts at the top. Unlike the current administration which ignores warning signs and statements, Krist and Walz will carefully assess all potential appointees — whether that person might lead our state’s law enforcement agency or become a Supreme Court Judge.
Senator Krist’s 10 years in the Legislature shows a strong record of supporting bills relating to wage discrimination, paid family and medical leave, protections for nursing mothers, and affirmative consent. As governor, he will continue this support through advocating for the passage of laws for gender parity issues such as equal pay and equal work environments as well as increased opportunities, particularly for women in low-wage industries and women of color.