March has officially arrived, and with it, the celebration of Women’s History Month. In recognition of women who have made an impact on their communities, our state and our country, your Indiana Senate Democrats are highlighting some of the organizations and changes made possible by hardworking, determined women.
The Indiana Youth Group (IYG) is a center for people that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning ages 12-20. The IYG is a safe space for LGBTQ youth and allies to hang out and participate in programs aimed at understanding their sexuality. IYG engagement and marketing coordinator Zo O’Hailian said that it is important to recognize the “hard-working women who are striving every day to support and move society forward. It is extra important that we celebrate LGBTQ+ women at this time, as they are often downplayed even further if not erased entirely from sight.” Check out the IYG homepage to access contact information, hours of operation and ways to get involved.
Planned Parenthood is an organization that is dedicated to providing quality health care for all women and advocating for personal choice. PPINK said that when it comes to inspirational women, it is their “patient advocates that stick out because they resist judgment from all to tell their personal stories.” Find the nearest PP center, volunteer information, contact information and more here!
The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) is dedicated to eliminating domestic violence and advocating for all survivors. Melissa Iannuzzi from ICADV explained that it’s important to celebrate Women’s History Month because “we can inspire and empower a new generation to create a more equitable society, where respectful relationship behavior between all people becomes the easy and desirable choice.” Click here for ways to help their cause and for more information.
The Little Red Door Cancer Agency is an organization that provides free cancer screenings and other services to help lessen the mental and financial burden that one faces when fighting cancer. Amanda Wolfe shared that Women’s History Month is important to her organization because it is a time to “look around and take note of the everyday impact of mothers, sisters, neighbors, and friends.” It’s also a time to “recognize the potential within each girl and woman is as valuable as the potential within each boy and man.” Click here to learn more about the programs offered by The Little Red Door.
Women4Change is a nonprofit that seeks to get women involved in politics and civic engagement. Rima Shahid, the executive director of Women4Change, shared that Women’s History Month is important because “it allows us to celebrate the women in our life, uplift them and recognize women for their many contributions to our society and culture.” She stated that being a minority, she too has been left out of the conversation and her organization will work to advocate and uplift all Hoosier women. Click here for more information on Women4Change and ways to get involved.
American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana (ACLUIN) is an organization that aims to protect the individual and personal freedoms that all Hoosiers have. Katie Blair from ACLU said that “Women’s History Month is a time to honor the legacies of resilient fighters for gender justice.” If you would like to learn more about this organization click here!