This week at the Indiana General Assembly, the
ladies in red were female lawmakers dressed to call out a killer.
"An estimated 24 women die
from heart disease and stroke in Indiana each day," according to a news
release highlighting the effort to "Go Red for Women."
"Heart disease, the leading cause of
death in the state, claimed the lives of 6,854 Hoosier women in
Eighteen female legislators wore red
Wednesday in support of the cause and to raise awareness of the issue.
Senator Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis, is
president of the Political Organization for Women's Education and
Representation (P.O.W.E.R.). The group which coordinated with the American
Heart Association on the project.
"Heart disease is the number one killer of women
in Indiana," Breaux said in the release. "Our goal is to help women recognize
that heart disease is a serious threat and shouldn't be taken lightly. I'm glad
that we are able to see past party lines and support this great cause."
In 2010, the American Heart Association set a
strategic goal of reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease and
strokes by 20 percent while improving the cardiovascular health of all
Americans by 20 percent by the year 2020.
is a volunteer group spearheaded by female legislators in the Indiana general
Assembly to bring awareness to issues facing Hoosier women.