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Newsletter - March 17, 2022

LWVUS | Published on 3/17/2022


LWVIN 2022 STATE COUNCIL -- Saturday, May 14

Westfield Washington Public Library (just north of Carmel)

This will be a hybrid event that you can attend in person or via Zoom. For more details and to register go to

(All times are EDST)
11 am Registration
11:30 am Lunch
Noon      Call to Order/Business Meeting
1pm.       Presentations
    State Senator Fady Qaddoura
    Legislative Update
    Women’s Advocacy over the Years

4pm Adjourn

Any League member can attend Council. Only delegates can vote on the slate and budget. Each local needs to select their delegates -- "delegates to the Council shall be the president of each recognized local League or an alternate, 2 additional delegates chosen by each local League, and the members of the state board."

The slate, budget and other documents will be sent to League leaders for sharing with all their members in mid-April.

At the conclusion of the 2022 Indiana General Assembly, the status of some of the bills LWVIN advocates were following was posted on our website HERE.

Advocates will provide reports for LWVIN State Council on May 14, including the bills' fates on the Governor's desk.

One piece of good news: the Governor vetoed HB 1211, originally HB 1100, Agency rules, (“no more stringent than”).
With the Hoosier Environmental Council and several other environmental groups, LWVIN had signed a joint letter to the Governor asking him to veto the bill which was of particular concern for environmental issues.

Linda Hanson and Barb Schilling, LWVIN co-Presidents

Please consider nominating someone from your League and/or yourself for a state board position.Here's the nomination form:

If you have any questions, contact Deb Switzer, Chair at or 765-401-4810.


Thursday, March 24,6pm CT/ 7pm ET
Dr. Elizabeth Bennion

Dr. Elizabeth Bennion,Chancellor's Professor of Political Science at Indiana University South Bend,will discuss best practices for organizing and moderating candidates debates based on her experience organizing non-partisan debates for municipal, county, state, and national candidates for multiple communities across Indiana.

She will draw upon her work with the American Democracy Project, League of Women Voters, and Indiana Debate Commission, including her success in hosting televised debates for congressional, gubernatorial, and U.S. Senate debates.

Participants will create their own customized debate planning documentbased on the tips provided about invitations, qualifications, format, venue, media coverage, audience engagement, volunteer recruitment, event staffing and more. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions, brainstorm, and receive live feedback during this virtual workshop hosted by the League of Women Voters of Indiana.

Advance registration is not required. Just click on this link at the meeting time to join:

Naomi Bowman Talbert Anderson was an African American suffragist born in Michigan City, Indiana in 1843She helped ignite a nationwide movement for human, civil and women's rights. She gave speeches highlighting the experience of African-American women who were still enslaved by not being able to vote.

The 'Celebrating Naomi Anderson' Committee (CNA), applied for and received a Preserving Women's Legacy Grant, a program of the Indiana Women's Suffrage Centennial presented by Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs through funding from the State of Indiana. This grant, combined with generous support from local and area individuals, businesses, non-profits, churches, local government and libraries, made it possible for the committee to commission sculptor Bernard Williams to create a sculpture to honor Naomi Anderson. This unique sculpture consists of eight steel cut-outs, up to 17 feet high, depicting the life and legacy or Naomi Anderson.

The sculpture will be unveiled on Saturday March 19, 2022, at 2:00 pm at Charles R. Westcott Park in Michigan City
, at the corner of Michigan Blvd and 4th Street. A reception will follow immediately at Lubeznik Center for the Arts. Four out of the nine members of the Celebrating Naomi Anderson committee are members of the League of Women Voters of LaPorte County. All League members throughout Indiana are cordially invited to attend the unveiling events.

For more information, e-mail
CelebratingNaomiAnderson@gmail.comand check out the CNA FaceBook Page at

Bonnie Schaaf, President of the LaPorte League

Helen Mar Jackson was born in Michigan in 1843 and in 1860 she moved with her family to Lafayette, Indiana. In the late 1800's she was well known nationally for her work touring the country for the suffragist movement.

In Lafayette she began her teaching career. She was named principal of the public school in 1863, the same year in which she married Lafayette attorney John Gougar. Soon she realized she wanted to become an attorneyand joined her husband's law firm. Not long after, she became involved in writing a column for a local newspaper, the Lafayette Courier.

Gougar’s impact on local journalism increased in the 1880s with her ownership of a newspaper calledOur Heraldwhere her support for temperance and suffrage was evident. While living in Lafayette, she worked with the Young Men’s Christian Association, the Lafayette Home Association, Ladies Benevolent Society, and the Second Presbyterian Church.

Gougar claimed that she was converted to the cause of women’s suffrage upon learning about the death of a mother of four in 1878 from domestic violence. Though Gougar had been “praying away the evil,” incidents like that convinced her that it would be more effective to “vote it away." With her drive to support women’s rights, Gougar became involved in politics.Disappointed that the Republican Party was unwilling to include women’s rights in the party’s platform, Gougar joined the Prohibition Party in 1888 which did support women's right to vote.

In her political work, Gougar was known for traveling the United States, speaking on behalf of political candidates who were in favor of suffrage for women. She also served as president of the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Association.

In 1894, Gougar tried to vote and was denied. As a result, she sued the Tippecanoe County Election Board. With the knowledge she gained while working in her husband’s law firm, Gougar argued her own case in front of the Indiana Supreme Court in 1897. She relied on the argument that the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution gave her the right as a U.S. citizen to vote, regardless of the fact the State of Indiana’s Constitution noted that only males of the age 21 and older could vote. Unfortunately, the justices of the court did not agree and recommended that it must be amended for women to gain suffrage rights in Indiana.

Gougar died in 1907, well before women got the vote, but her determination and activism surely advanced that cause.

This is a monthly feature. Sue Webster of the Porter County League is coordinating this column on suffragists throughout the state.


Melissa Gentry, one of our presenters at our gala birthday/President's Day celebration on February 14, 2021did the research and created this website on women's suffrage in Indiana: