Moving Indiana Women Forward - February 2013


Moving Indiana Women Forward - February 2013

Lady Victory

ICW set to honor 2013 Torchbearer Awards Recipients on March 6th

The Indiana Commission for Women (ICW) will announce the recipients of the 2013 Torchbearer Awards on March 6, 2013, at a Ceremony held in the Indiana Government Center Auditorium. 

“Indiana Torchbearers are those women who have been pioneers throughout their lives and have stepped forward as leaders by breaking down barriers to women’s full participation,” said Betsy Corridor, Chair of the ICW Board of Commissioners. “These women have become true beacons of light and their stories of courage, perseverance and compassion create a lasting legacy of inspiration for us all.”

All nominated candidates have demonstrated character and accomplishment by leading the way for other women. Individuals selected for a Torchbearer award have been pioneers in their industries, have inspirational stories while facing tough choices, or have made significant contributions that set the standard for other women in both their communities and in Indiana. Click here to view the event flyer.

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For more information, contact Kristin Garvey, ICW Executive Director, at 317-232-6720 or

Women's Day a Success

On February 6, 2013, the Indiana Commission for Women hosted a Women's Day at the Statehouse. The event was designed to introduce representatives from organizations to the results of the 2011-2012 Hoosier Women Speak initiative. It also gave participants an opportunity to hear from experts on each of the five identifies priority areas: Health-related issues, Work-based issues, Care giving, Violence against women and Leadership. Based on the results this initiative, underlying themes that were consistently mentioned as community actions were used as a framework for the event. Those themes were: 

  • Agencies, organizations and individuals committed to moving women’s issues forward should be networking and communicating with each other 
  • Knowledge of resources should be created, enhanced or highlighted in efforts to expose women to new or existing resources, tools and opportunities
  • Women directly affected by the issues should be encouraged to participate

Guest speakers provided insights to the key issues in each of the priority areas. Presentation slides are available for review at: When completed, a full report on discussion points will also be uploaded.

French Students visit Statehouse

French Students Tour Statehouse

On February 8th, the Indiana Commission for Women hosted 28 high school students from Lycée Internationale des Pontonniers of Strasbourg, France. The students were visiting as part of an exchange program with the International School of Indiana. ICW Executive Director Kristin Garvey arranged a tour of the Statehouse.  During their visit, they met Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and learned about the Judicial Branch from Judge Paul Mathias of the Indiana Court of Appeals. 

Students also visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, chassis manufacturer Dallara, Mayor’s Office, and the City Market. In March, 16 students from the International School will visit Strasbourg, France.

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Women's History Month is only 2 weeks away

If your organization is hosting an event in celebration of women's history month, ICW would like to know.  Please submit event information to: to be added to our calendar. 

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About the Indiana Commission for Women

The Indiana Commission for Women 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 understanding the needs of Indiana women and their families and by working strategically both within government and in our communities to help bring about positive solutions. We act as the voice of women, communicating their needs and concerns as well as their successes and contributions, so that they can become better connected to their communities and to the tools, resources and opportunities needed to find their own voice.