FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail By Brynna SentelTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—A century ago, the 1919 Women’s Franchise League had an office at the Indiana Statehouse to brainstorm ideas to convince the General Assembly to ratify the 19thAmendment to the Constitution.Today, that room is used by the Legislative Services Agency for conferences and meetings and no one who passes by would know of its history in the fight for women to gain the right to vote.The Women’s Suffrage Commission wants to erect a plaque outside that room so the public and others who visit or work in the Statehouse understand its connection to history.“Now a days lobbyists don’t have offices in the Statehouse. They stand in the hallway so we thought it was neat that the legislature provided an office to that group,” said Laura Brown, special counsel to commission chair Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch.That plaque is among the many ideas and plans the Women’s Suffrage Commission has been working on to commemorate 100 years of women having the right to vote.Indiana’s General Assembly approved the 19th Amendment on Jan. 16, 1920 but final approval didn’t come until August when Tennessee became the 36th and final state needed to ratify it. On Aug. 26, 2020 women finally had the right to vote.The Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, created by Gov. Eric Holcomb, was tasked with creating a memorable 100-year anniversary celebration of women’s suffrage in the state of Indiana.“First and foremost, the plan is to develop activities related to the commemoration of the passage of the 19th Amendment and also to involve people and organizations and communities throughout the state,” Brown said. The commission members also want to create a legacy that elevates this historic milestone, she added.In early meetings, the commission split into three subcommittees including activities, legacy and partnership outreach and communications.Commission members met most recently on Nov. 19 for updates and learned that the activities committee is working on a poster to be mailed to every K-12 school in the state providing information about Indiana’s history of women’s suffrage. The goal is to incorporate that history into lesson plans.The Indiana State Museum also plans to host three educator workshops in the new year to help teachers use the information as well. Details are not yet available.The activities committee is planning an event for the anniversary of Indiana’s ratification vote—Jan. 16.“There’s just so many good things we could do,” Brown said, explaining that committee members are working to create and appropriate and meaningful legacy.The legacy committee has recently put out a call for proposals for an original artwork commemorating women’s suffrage in Indiana that will be displayed throughout the Statehouse and remain in the state of Indiana’s permanent public art collection.The partnership outreach and communications committee was tasked with getting the word out to the community.“We are encouraging communities, neighborhood associations, businesses, organizations county historians to celebrate the centennial in their own way that’s unique to their community” Brown said.More information about how to get involved can be found at indianasuffrage100.org.Brynna Sentel is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.
“I cannot rule out a broader lockdown,” North-Rhine Westphalia’s premier Armin Laschet told German television ZDF on Sunday.Outbreaks in recent weeks have occurred in nursing homes, hospitals, institutions for asylum seekers and refugees, in meat processing plants and logistics companies, among seasonal harvest workers and in connection with religious events, RKI said.The 2.88 rate is a jump from 1.06 on Friday, based on RKI’s moving 4-day average data, which reflects infection rates one to two weeks ago.Based on a 7-day average, infection rates have risen to 2.03, RKI said, adding that an accurate reading for long-term patterns will take a couple of days.The spike in infections is mainly related to local outbreaks including in North Rhine-Westphalia, RKI said. North-Rhine Westphalia was one of the regions most vocal about urging Merkel to ease lockdown restrictions.A high 7-day incidence rate was observed in the towns of Guetersloh and Warendorf, North Rhine-Westphalia. Further outbreaks were detected in the cities of Magdeburg, in Saxony Anhalt and the Berlin district of Neukoelln, RKI said.In total, Germany has reported 189,822 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and 8,882 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported, RKI said.In an interview published on Sunday, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that the economy had passed the worst of the crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak and was now expected to recover gradually. Topics : Germany’s coronavirus reproduction rate jumped to 2.88 on Sunday, up from 1.79 a day earlier, health authorities said, a rate showing infections are rising above the level needed to contain the disease over the longer term.The rise brings with it the possibility of renewed restrictions on activity in Europe’s largest economy – a blow to a country that so far had widely been seen as successful in curbing the coronavirus spread and keeping the death toll relatively low.To keep the pandemic under control, Germany needs the reproduction rate to drop below one. The rate of 2.88, published by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for public health, means that out of 100 people who contract the virus, a further 288 people will get infected. Chancellor Angela Merkel had favored maintaining lockdown measures for longer but gradually eased restrictions in recent weeks following pressure from regional politicians to reboot the economy.Already, the country is grappling to get people to adhere to isolation rules in places where they have been imposed. Over the weekend, authorities in Goettingen needed riot police to enforce quarantine measures.In North-Rhine Westphalia, more than 1,300 people working at a slaugterhouse in Guetersloh tested positive for coronavirus, up from 803 infections on Friday.As a result, North-Rhine Westphalia has put 7,000 people under quarantine and closed kindergartens and schools close to the abattoir.