Miscellaneous Information about Indiana women, history, education, etc.
|ERA ratification anniversary ||Butler Univ interim President ||What becomes a legend most? |
Indiana was a key state in the battle for equal rights for women. Senator Birch Bayh was the chif sponsor of the Constitutional Amendment. the Republican-controlled State Senate didn't want to give Bayh a victory and bottled up ERA in Committee. When the deadline for a ratification loomed, a coalition of women's and civil rights organizations, labor, and educators, made ERA ratification a priority in the 1976 elections. More
April 5, 2000: Butler University names interim president
There are very few women presidents of institutions of higher education
in Indiana (IU-Kokomo named a woman their President in November 1999, St.
Mary-of-the-Woods in Terre Haute, St. Mary's College and one of the Ivy
Tech campuses at last count). However, Butler University (Indianapolis)
named Gwen A. Fountain, dean of academic affairs, Butler's
interim president. According to the article in the Terre Haute
she is the first female leader for the 145-year-old private university.
She joined Butler as a lecturer in economics in 1977 and became an
professor of economics and management in 1992. She was director of
programs for the college of business administration and associate provost
for student learning before becoming academic affairs dean.
What Becomes a Legend Most?
To celebrate the new Indiana Historical Society Building at 450 W. Ohio
St., Indianapolis, the Society designated 13 people as Hoosier Living
and honored them at its opening ceremony in July, 1999. Of the ten, there
are 8 men and 2 women:
- Ruth Lilly (from Indianapolis, regional philanthropist)
- Jane Pauley (from Indianapolis, TV anchor)
- Larry Bird (Boston Celtics basketball superstar, Pacers head coach, from West Baden)
- Carl Erskine (pitcher for Brooklyn Dodgers, originally from Anderson)
- Bob Knight (winningest coach in Big Ten history with Indiana University)
- David Letterman (from Indianapolis, wacky TV host)
- Richard Lugar (from Indianapolis, 20-year U.S. Senator for Indiana)
- John Mellencamp (from Seymour, all-American rocker)
- Oscar Robertson (hoops star for Crispus Attucks High School and Milwaukee Bucks)
- Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (author from Indianapolis)
- Herman B. Wells (from Jamestown, president of Indiana University for 25 years)
- David Wolf (astronaut from Indianapolis)
- John Wooden (from Centerville, UCLA coaching legend)