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Representative Linda Lawson - Hammond, IN

Submitted by Grace Kozak - Indianapolis, IN
Rep. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond, and House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, react following a vote on the right to work bill at the Statehouse Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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Linda Lawson has been fighting against injustice her entire career, first as a police officer and now as a State Representative.

Rep. Linda Lawson became the first female police officer in the city of Hammond, Indiana as a single mom, opening the door for all of the women who came after her. After 25 years of service and becoming the first female captain in Hammond, Linda became a State Representative and has fought against anti-union legislation, has worked to try and close the wage gap in Indiana, the sixth worst in the nation, and has passed several bills to fight against domestic violence. I admire Linda because everything she does she does for other people. She cares deeply about the well being of Hoosiers and fights daily to make it a more just state for all. 

This story was submitted as part of Oxam America's International Women's Day initiative to honor women working to right the wrongs of poverty and hunger. Honorees are selected independently by Oxfam supporters. Selection does not imply endorsement or other support from Oxfam America.

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