We Are Women Rally (Slideshow)
On Saturday, women's rights advocates in all 50 states met for a rally in support of women's health issues and equal pay.
Despite threatening weather, over 100 protestors gathered in support of women's health and equal pay on the South Lawn of the Statehouse. This rally coincided with 49 others across every state.
Organizers wrote, before the rally:
"From Indiana Rep. Bob Morris attacking the Girl Scouts and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell advocating for transvaginal probes, to bills that restrict birth control, enact "personhood" laws, and intrude into the relationship between a woman and her physician, it's clear that lawmakers predominantly male have gone too far in their efforts to restrict women's rights and choices."
Speakers at the Indiana We Are Women rally included John Gregg, Democratic candidate for governor of Indiana; Betty Cockrum, president and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Indiana; Heather Maddox, communications director of the 51% Club; Rev. Stephen Sinclair, Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis; Dr. Terri Jett, chair, Department of Political Science, Butler University; Vi Simpson, Indiana State Senator (D); and Jean Breaux, Indiana State Senator (D).
Beginning in the first few minutes of the rally, a small group of anti-choice protestors gathered in the background. This group did not actively interrupt the protest, but remained for the duration of the rally.
After the speakers concluded, a member of the rally plugged her iPod into the sound system and played tracks like "I Will Survive," "Dog Days Are Over" and "Who Run the World (Girls)." Protestors moved up the stairs and onto the steps of the Capital, dancing to the music and communing with one another while storm clouds loomed.