August 26th is Women's Equality Day
On August 26, 1920, the U.S. Congress ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This ratification was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world's first women's rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York. In 1971, the U.S. Congress designated August 26th as Women's Equality Day,
which commemorated not only the day in 1920 but also calls attention to women's continuing efforts toward full equality. To learn more about Women's Equality Day
, visit the National Women's History Project's website
Indiana Commission for Women Receives National Recognition
The Indiana Commission for Women (ICW) was one of this year’s annual Achievement Award recipients at the National Association of Commissions for Women (NACW) 42nd annual conference and business meeting, held in Charleston, West Virginia, July 25-27, 2012. The Award was received for ICW’s Hoosier Women Speak Capacity Building Initiative. The program was designed to identify the key issues women face,
understand the critical needs communities perceive as important, build trust with constituents, and build relationships with regional partners. In addition, Kristin Garvey, ICW Executive Director, was elected as Vice President of the NACW Board of Directors. Garvey's service at the executive committee level will offer an opportunity to strengthen not only the national organization, but each state, county or local commission who is working tirelessly for women’s full participation in all aspects of society. For more information about NACW, go to: www.nacw.org.
Miss Representation Viewing and Discussion
A viewing of Miss Representation
and a brief VIP panel discussion with local women, including WISH-TV (CBS) Anchor Debby Knox
, will be held on Tuesday, August 28, at the IUPUI Campus Center Theater at 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM with seating at 6:45 PM). Presented in partnership by the Circle of Sisterhood, Indiana Commission for Women, National Panhellenic Conference and Vision 2020, Miss Representation
first premiered in the documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival in Fall 2011 and is about how women are depicted and shaped by popular media today. It features interviews with prominent women like Broadcaster Katie Couric, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Paley Center for Media CEO and President Pat Mitchell. Produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the documentary stresses that women should be valued for their talents, capacity as leaders and ability to contribute to the world at large. For more information and to register, go to: http://bit.ly/P4Jl7r
Trauma Guide Webinar Offered
You are invited to participate in a webinar presented by the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau on Wednesday, August 29 at 2:00 PM Eastern/1:00 PM Central to discuss their Trauma–Informed Care guide for service providers working with female veterans or for those organizations that may have female veterans among the population they serve.
The Women’s Bureau is working with the Indiana Commission for Women to share information on this valuable guide for anyone serving women veterans as well as to answer any questions and explore collaborative opportunities. Our Trauma-Informed Care guide offers concrete suggestions, based on women veteran feedback and academic research, on how to ensure programs meet and understand their distinct experiences as women veterans.
Please RSVP by sending an email to Pascal.Deborah@dol.gov or by calling the Women's Bureau's office at 312-353-6985. A confirmation will be sent with information on how to participate in the webinar. Please visit the Women's Bureau website at www.dol.gov/wb to learn more about their work.
Indiana Commission for Women Moves Offices
On July 1, 2012, the Indiana Commission for Women (ICW) moved its office to the Indiana Civil Rights Commission at the Indiana Government Center North building. Under a new law, ICW joins the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission, the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males, the Native American/Indian Affairs Commission, and the Indiana Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs in a reorganization plan which calls for greater collaboration amongst the commissions. For more information about the move, go to: http://www.in.gov/icrc/2617.htm
ICW's new contact information is:
Indiana Commission for Women
100 North Senate Avenue, Room N103
Indianapolis, IN 46204
About the Indiana Commission for Women
The Indiana Commission for Women (ICW) is committed to the full participation of women in all aspects of society in order to live, work and raise a family. ICW works to move Indiana women forward by encouraging all citizens to become more aware of the issues women face in Indiana and by assisting women to become better connected to the opportunities and resources available in their communities and throughout the State of Indiana and to become more engaged as leaders in resolving challenges that they face. ICW serves as the voice of women in Indiana by communicating their needs and concerns and by celebrating their successes and contributions made to our communities, state and nation.