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Fri Sep 10, 2021, 03:48 PM

Meet the Woman Suing the Governor of Iowa

Fran Parr has had enough

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In early August of 2021, Frances Parr’s husband came home from work.

“We are suing the governor,” she said.

It was news her husband took in stride. “He’s pretty easygoing,” Parr told me in an interview.

In May of 2021, Iowa lawmakers passed a law preventing schools from mandating masks. The law was passed in the GOP-controlled legislature in the middle of the night and signed by the governor, Kim Reynolds, just hours after it passed.

Parr is a 55-year-old out-of-work mechanical engineer and the mother of 6-year-old twin boys. Sending them back to school in a pandemic as cases surge, and schools legally cannot enforce mask-wearing, was out of the question for Parr.

Parr is one of the millions of American women forced out of work by the pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis.


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