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Newsletter - March 16, 2023

LWVIN | Published on 3/16/2023


All previous reservations remain valid. Last date to register is March 16

Schedule meetings with your legislators NOW. Wear League shirts and pins. State board members will be in the Library all day. We will also have a League table on the third floor of the Statehouse.

Our lunch gathering at the State Library is at 11:30 am ET. Issue advocates from partner organizations will be available a topic lunch tables.


·Natural Resources(Indra Frank,Hoosier Environmental Council)
·Education(Joel Hand, Indiana Coalition for Public Education)
·Voting Rights(Julia Vaughn, Common Cause Indiana)
·Women's Health/Reproductive Rights (Representative Sue Errington and Liz Collins, PP Alliance Advocates)
·Human services/housing(Ambre Marr(IN Legislative Director) and Addison Pollock of AARP)

We will also be celebrating the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment on March 22, 1972!
There will be ERA t-shirts and a celebration cake!


There is metered parking on the streets surrounding the library (Senate and Ohio).

The Indiana History Center parking lot is available for a fee ($5 for first hour; then $2 per hour).The entrance is on New York Street. It is a five minute walk from the State Library.

The Indiana State parking garage is sometimes available for public parking for a fee. The entrance is on Senate Avenue.


I was asked recently what we can do in face of worsening gender inequity-- one thing we can do in this country is support the extra push for the ERA this spring.

Legislatures across the country are introducing (and passing, we hope) joint resolutions urging Congress to pass their Senate Joint Resolution (SJR4) saying that the 28th amendment is now in place. You can watch the Senate hearing HERE.

Certification has been held up by William Barr's opinion that the Library of Congress archivist was prohibited from publishing it (the act that would have affixed it to the Constitution) because there was a deadline attached to the 38 states' ratifications. The deadline was not met, but it was not written in the body of the amendment so the deadline's legality has beenquestioned. Congress could end the limbo with SJR4.

So what can we do?

  • Write/call your U.S. Representative andour U.S. Senators Mike Braun and Todd Young. Ask them to support SJR4.
  • Write/call your Indiana Senator andRepresentative and ask them to support the Senate Joint Resolution being filed in the Indianalegislature on March 22. Co-Sponsorsin the Senate are Sue Glick (R) and Jean Breaux (D). In the House Sue Errington(D) and Sharon Negele (R) are co-sponsors. League members are urging others to add their names toco-sponsorin both houses.

March 22 is the day the ERA passed Congress 51 years ago. But it has been 100 years since the ERA was first introduced in Congress, in 1923.There will be a multi-state press conference on the 22nd, organized by the ERA Coalition--and we'll let you know more closer to the date. Rescheduling League Day at the Statehouse fortuitously aligned our presence in the Statehouse with the focus on the ERA. We will celebrate with cake in the State Library!

Linda Hanson, LWVIN co-president

EMAIL our advocacy teams to stay up to date by getting on their mailing lists!

Voter Services Email Patrice Waidner
Email Nan Polk at
Women’s Health/ReproductiveRights
Natural Resources Emai
Kristina Lindborg at

Halftime Legislative Watch

Remaining live bills have now passed from one chamber to the other. Advocacy emails provide detailed information.

Bills to oppose in current form:

SB 12 Materials harmful to minors

SB 486 Education Matters

HB 1116 Various Election Matters

HB 1177 Handgun training for teachers

HB 1334 Absentee Voting

HB 1608 Human sexuality instruction

Bills to Watch

HB 1336 Various Election Law Matters

Bills to Support

SB 4 Public Health Commission

SB 252 Long-acting reversible contraceptives

SB 266 Long-acting reversible contraceptives

HB 1449 Twenty-first Century Scholarship

HB 1304 Watercraft registration renewal fee

HB 1568 Pharmacist Prescribed Birth Control

HB 1639 Watershed development commissions



The 2023 LWVIN State Convention will be held the weekend of June 9th at the beautiful Clifty Falls State Park.You can get more information and register for the conference and for a room at deadline for room reservations in our block of rooms is May 9.


Profiles of lesser-known heroines in the fight for women’s rights


The graduating class of 1883 were not going to tolerate it. A local theatre happily hosted the ceremonies of the white public schools, but refused to accommodate the commencement ceremony for the Richmond Colored Normal School. Maggie Lena Draper and her classmates protested. “Our parents pay taxes just the same as you white folks,” wrote Wendell P. Dabney, Richmond Colored Normal School, Class of 1883, “and you’ve got no business spending big money out of those taxes to pay for the theatre for white children unless you do the same for black children.”

This campaign for equal treatment failed, but time would show that Maggie was not one to be discouraged for long.

Maggie was born on July 15, 1864, while the country was still in the throes of the Civil War, after the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation. Her father was a Confederate soldier and journalist, Eccles Cuthbert. He may have written letters to his daughter during her youth, but that was the extent of his involvement in her life.

Maggie’s mother, Elizabeth Draper, was a formerly enslaved woman who worked at the home of Elizabeth Van Lew, a noted spy and abolitionist. In Maggie’s early years, her mother married William Mitchell, who worked as a butler at the Van Lew estate.Tragically, in February of 1876, when Maggie was just 11 years old, William was found drowned in the James River. His death was declared a suicide, but Maggie’s mother insisted her husband had been murdered.

Maggie attended the Lancasterian School (later called Valley School), which was founded in the early decades of the 1800s to educate children living in poverty. Maggie then studied at the Navy Hill School for two years. At age 16 or 17, Maggie joined the Independent Order of St. Luke, a Richmond fraternal order.

She married Armstead Walker Jr. in 1886. Together, Maggie and Armstead had three sons. The couple also adopted a daughter. The Walker family purchased a home in Jackson Ward, also called the “Harlem of the South.” There, their nine-bedroom house became a hotbed of activity, business, and culture, eventually expanding to 28 rooms.

St. Luke and its efforts expanded as well. “What we need is an organ, a newspaper to herald and proclaim the work of the Order,” Maggie declared at the IOSL convention on August 20, 1901. “No business, no enterprise, which has to deal with the public, can be pushed successfully without a newspaper…” Months later, the first issue of theSt. Luke Heraldwas published, aided significantly by the St. Luke Printing Department.

She brought each of these goals to fruition in the following years. After the 1902 publishing of theSt. Luke Heraldcame the 1903 foundation of the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank, and the 1905 opening of the St. Luke Emporium right on Broad Street in Jackson Ward.

The St. Luke Penny Savings Bank made her the first African American female bank president in the United States.

(Go HERE to read this entire article on the LWVIN website.)

Kathryn S Gardiner | Published on 3/10/2023