News that Indiana finished 43rd among the states for women’s quality of life will come as no surprise to State Rep. Linda Lawson. The Hammond Democrat has watched as the legislature has become increasingly hostile on the very issues defining the survey.
“The General Assembly is the nastiest, meanest place I’ve ever been in, and I’ve seen a lot,” Lawson told participants at a Women and Gender Studies Conference last month at Indiana University Northwest.
The survey by iVillage.com ranks the states on women’s health, economic well-being, education, affordable child care, female representation at the state and federal levels and reproductive rights. Arkansas ranked at the bottom; Connecticut at the top. Ohio finished in 32nd place; Michigan in 21st.
For more on Indiana’s discouraging record on women’s issues and why voters should respond see Tuesday’s editorial page in print editions of The Journal Gazette, or visit www.journalgazette.net after 3 a.m. Tuesday.