Women4Change Indiana is an inclusive, nonpartisan, grassroots organization that works to promote health, safety, and respect for all Hoosiers. Despite the fact that women make up nearly half of the American labor force, Indiana women still earn only about 75 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn. This is why it is so important to support the fight for gender equality and women's rights in Indianapolis. The Affordable Care Act has been a major step forward in providing coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and prohibiting insurers from imposing lifetime limits or charging more for women than men.
This means that Indiana women who get sick will have access to treatment. Women also accounted for more than half of the jobs created in May, and the unemployment rate for women in June was 5.5%, compared to 5.9% for men. I strongly advocate efforts to increase both prevention and research, especially in the case of diseases such as breast cancer, for which one in eight women are diagnosed in their lifetime. In the education sector, many public schools have introduced programs based on unfounded stereotypes about the learning abilities and preferences of boys and girls, limiting equal educational opportunities for all. Instead of waiting to get sick, women and their families now have access to cancer screenings, wellness consultations, and educational information so they can be proactive in prevention. The ACLU Women's Rights Project works to promote systemic change and reform in institutions that perpetuate discrimination against women, focusing their work on the areas of employment, violence against women, and education.
Sylvia Rivera (July 2, 1951 — February 19, 2000) was an activist for the rights of LGBTQ+ and transgender people who changed not only the Hoosier State but also the world. A look back at history shows that women have made great strides in the fight for equality, including women's suffrage and advances in equal opportunities in the workplace and education. Despite this progress, however, women still face violence, discrimination, and institutional barriers to equal participation in society. In the workplace, labor laws and policies that exclude women from certain work sectors and allow them to be forced to leave the workplace when they become pregnant or return to work after having a baby cause persistent disparities in women's income, wealth, and economic security. There are many ways people in Indianapolis can support the fight for gender equality and women's rights. One way is by advocating for legislation that would allow working women and men to take leave under the Family Medical Leave Act even if they only work part-time as long as they have been with their employers for at least twelve months.
Another way is by learning more about the women of Indiana and national history that changed not only the Hoosier State but also the world. Finally, people can support organizations like Women4Change Indiana that are working to promote health, safety, and respect for all Hoosiers. It is important to remember that despite their progress toward social equality, women are still disproportionately underrepresented in leadership positions. This is why it is so important to support efforts to increase both prevention and research into diseases such as breast cancer as well as legislation that would allow working women and men to take leave under the Family Medical Leave Act.