A year ago, I received a handwritten note from Missouri’s health director, Dr. Randy Williams, inviting me to join his book club. He sent me a note responding to my story and dropped off a book about loving your enemies, which I read. Mike Parson, a loyal soldier of the now twice-impeached leader, didn’t seem worried about what was coming down the pike. I had hoped I would hear Williams or Parson speak out more forcefully against that harmful lie. Teachers, more than 75% of whom are women in Missouri, are not prioritized in our state like they are in others.