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Press Release : Mentoring Women’s Network Statement on RFRA


March 31st, 2015



Alison Martin-Books                                                              Kay Whitaker

Chief Partnerships Officer                                                    National Foundation Chair

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN. – Mentoring Women’s Network’s vision is a world of equal opportunity for women in professional environments.  As a national not for profit based in Indiana, we continue to be alarmed at the inaction by Indiana’s legislature and governor who just held a press conference. We continue to stand with other locally based business leaders who submitted the following:


“Regardless of the original intention of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, we are deeply concerned about the impact it is having on our employees and on the reputation of our state. All of our companies seek to promote fair, diverse and inclusive workplaces. Our employees must not feel unwelcome in the place where they work and live.

As we seek to attract and retain great talent from Indiana and around the world, it is critical that we make it clear that Indiana is the welcoming state we all believe it to be. As leaders in the Indiana business community, we call on you to take immediate action to ensure that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act will not sanction or encourage discrimination against any residents or visitors to our state by anyone.

By immediately enacting new legislation that makes it clear that neither the Religious Freedom Restoration Act nor any other Indiana law can be used to justify discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity, our state’s elected leaders can provide the reassurance to the people of our state, our nation and the world that is needed at this critical moment.”


Governor Pence said he abhors discrimination and on this point we agree.  The statement above provides a clear road map for change and MWN strongly supports making this change immediately.  Indiana should only have one kind of March Madness, and RFRA is not it.


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Mentoring Women’s Network is a community of empowered women who support each other personally and professionally through mentoring relationships. The Mentoring Women’s Network Foundation offers a nationwide mentoring program and scholarship programs for women. The vision is the largest and most effective mentoring program for women in the nation.