INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana General Assembly has 150 legislators for the current session, but only 38 are women. However, women work hard to create bills that will impact all Hoosiers in the state.
Rep. Maureen Bauer, D-South Bend, knows she’s part of a minority group at the Statehouse, but she hopes that will change as more opportunities become available for women.
“With that imbalance of representation, you kind of begin to understand why some policies haven’t been passed this year or in previous years. One in particular that I tried to introduce was the pregnancy accommodations at the workplace, which has been brought to the forefront of debate about three times now, and we still haven’t quite gotten there,” Bauer said.
“That’s just something as simple as asking for a safe working environment and to ensure that a woman isn’t either pushed out of her job or continues to work in an unsafe environment simply because she’s carrying a baby for hopefully nine months out of her long career.”
2020 marked the centennial anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement, but due to COVID-19, some celebrations were postponed until 2021. Therefore, this year’s theme for Women’s History Month is “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.”
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