To the editor:
I realize James H. Johnson is of a different generation, and I am sure all the first ladies of Indiana were lovely people in their own right (“Women who stand beside, not behind, state leaders,” March 11). However, I found it incredible that in recognition of National Women’s History month Mr. Johnson chose to write about the women who happened to be married to Indiana governors, rather than women who made it on their own.
I’m sure with a quick Internet search Mr. Johnson could have found Hoosier women — Madame Walker comes to mind — who were leaders in their communities. Women who made a difference in their communities. Women whom young girls could look up to and be inspired by. Thankfully we’ve come a long way since the best a girl could hope for was to “marry well.”
I realize that your readership is made up primarily of those of us who are 50 and older, but perhaps somewhere a grandma or grandpa could have shared a column about inspiring Hoosier women with their grandchildren. Alas ...