More women are running for statewide office in Indiana this year, and an initiative to get more democratic women in power kicks-off this week.
The nine-month leadership training program will work with 20 to 25 Indiana Democratic women each year.
Board chair Liane Hulka says the response to the program has been overwhelming.
“Not only from a fundraising standpoint, but also from a participate standpoint," Hulka says. "Daily we get emails from women across the state wanting to know when the applications will be out.”
The application for the inaugural HWF class will be available in May.
Indiana is one of 23 states that has never had a woman governor. Just 30 out of 150 lawmakers in the General Assembly are women. And only two of the state’s 55 Democratic mayors are women.
The Hoosier Women Forward board includes several current and former state lawmakers and business leaders. The kick-off event is Thursday, April 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Indiana Landmarks Center.