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IN THE NEWS: Jill Donnelly helps launch “Women for Joe” on Equal Pay Day at Athenaeum

Jill Donnelly launched “Women for Joe” Tuesday with a reception at the Athenaeum in Indianapolis with 75 other motivated Hoosier women fired up to re-elect Joe in November.

Jill, Reps. Cherrish Pryor and Carey Hamilton, Christina Hale and others talked about Joe’s tireless efforts listening to women across the state and bringing their concerns to Washington. On Equal Pay Day, the day meant to mark the pay discrimination women still face, Hoosiers showed they know Joe is the champion who’ll fight for equality and against discrimination in the Senate.

From The Statehouse File: Hoosier women gather to support Joe Donnelly’s push for gender equality

INDIANAPOLIS – More than 75 Hoosier women joined together in Indianapolis to advocate for gender equality and equal pay.

Tuesday, Jill Donnelly launched the Women for Joe constituency group during a reception at The Athenaeum Foundation. Donnelly, lawmakers, and other women discussed U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly’s record in fighting for women in the Senate.

“I’m proud to be a founding member of Women for Joe because he’s fought for women throughout his time in the Senate,” said Cynthia Johnson, member of Women for Joe in Hamilton County.

The reception also included discussion of Equal Pay Day and its reminder that Hoosier women make 74 cents for every dollar men do. Tuesday marked the point in which the average American woman would have to work in 2017 and 2018 to earn the same as the average American man.

Advocates of Women for Joe spoke of how he has been fighting for women and equality throughout the years. When he was in the House, Joe Donnelly helped pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which gave workers who allege pay discrimination more time to file suit to pursue those charges.

“Since I first met Joe, he’s been a champion for women and a fighter for equality. He knows Hoosier women should only be limited by the boundaries of our dreams, and he’s worked hard to help bring about a society reflecting that,” Jill Donnelly said.

From Howey Politics: Women rally for Donnelly

Jill Donnelly launched “Women for Joe” Tuesday at the Athenaeum with Reps. Cherrish Pryor and Carey Hamilton, and 2016 lieutenant governor nominee Christina Page 5 Hale, and more than 75 other Hoosiers discussing how Joe has fought for Hoosier women in the Senate and will continue that effort after November

“Since I first met Joe, he’s been a champion for women and a fighter for equality. He knows Hoosier women should only be limited by the boundaries of our dreams, and he’s worked hard to help bring about a society reflecting that,” said Jill Donnelly.

Hale said, “We are frustrated with inaction and we are ready for this election cycle. We need to keep our amazing Regular Joe in office. When I first thought about running for office, who did I reach out to? Joe Donnelly. I was a nobody, I didn’t have any money. He said, ‘Christina, you’ve gotta do this. I think you can win that race and I’m going to help you.’ I thought he’d give me $100 or something like that. That’s not what that man did. He campaigned in my district. He legitimized me with Democrats who didn’t take me seriously. He lifted me up and he didn’t let me go. He took the time as a sitting U.S. senator to go door to door. He was available to me.”

From WFYI: Donnelly Re-Election Campaign Targets Women Voters

Supporters for U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)’s re-election campaign gathered in Indianapolis to make the case women should support Donnelly for a second term.

In 2016, 53 percent of Hoosier women voted for President Donald Trump.

But following the recent women’s marches in Indiana, Donnelly’s supporters, including state Rep. Cherrish Pryor (D-Indianapolis), say they are confident some of those same women, who voted for Trump, will vote for Donnelly.

Pryor says Hoosier women should support Donnelly because [he] values what’s best for women above politics.

“How those votes affect women is not a Democrat or Republican thing," Pryor says. "It’s just how they’re going to affect people in their households."

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