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Indiana Tidbits

Miscellaneous Information about Indiana women, history, education, etc.

ERA ratification anniversary [2002] Butler Univ interim President [2000] What becomes a legend most? [1999]

The 25th Anniversary of Indiana's Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment was celebrated on
January 18, 2002, 6:30pm [Indy time], Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis [615 W. 43rd St]
Organized by Indiana NOW PAC [Jill Chambers [] or 317 921 8180]

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 Tribune-Star, 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 associate professor of economics and management in 1992. She was director of undergraduate 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 Legends and honored them at its opening ceremony in July, 1999. Of the ten, there are 8 men and 2 women:


[source & most of the descriptions: Indianapolis Monthly, July 1999, p. 20]


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