15 Local Women to Follow in Politics

Hear us roar.

When we read this Vox piece about a study showing that male political reporters are three times more likely to retweet their male colleagues versus fellow female political reporters, we turned into the red-faced angry emojis. The lasting impact of these small actions continues to limit womens’ influence in the political sphere—something we don’t need as we head into the 2020 elections. 

We thought a list of great female voices in the local world of politics would come in handy so we can make sure that smart women on both sides of the aisle are heard.

Read on and roar, ladies. 

Mary Beth Schneider, editor at The Statehouse File and former IndyStar political reporter

Her Handle: @marybschneider

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Lara Beck, communications strategist

Her Handle: @beckcomgrp

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Lindsey Erdody, state government, politics and philanthropy reporter for IBJ

Her Handle: @lerdody

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Niki Kelly, state government and politics reporter for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Her Handle: @nkellyatJG

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Kaitlin Lange, Carmel, Westfield and 5th Congressional District reporter for IndyStar

Her Handle: @kaitlin_lange

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Tina Noel, communications specialist

Her Handles: @tinadnoel, @tinanoelpr

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Ebony Chappel, writer and host of “Eye on the Community” on Hot 96.3 FM

Her Handle: @ebonythewriter

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Tatjana Rebelle, activist and founder of VOCAB

Her Handle: @tatjanarebelle

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Shannon Mears, attorney and chair of Hoosier Women Forward

Her Handle: @mears_shannon

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Courtney Arango, communications specialist

Her Handle: @courtneyarango

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Leigh Riley Evans, community builder and City-County Council candidate in the 9th District

Her Handle: @LeighRileyEvans

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Rima Shahid, Executive Director of Women4Change Indiana

Her Handle: @rimashahid

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Cynthia Morraz, community volunteer

Her Handle: @cynthiamraz

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Erin Macey, Senior Policy Analyst at Indiana Institute for Working Families

Her Handle: @Erin_INWorkFams

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Elise Shrock, self-described political comms wonk

Her Handle: @eliseshrock

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Abby Gardner is the Executive Editor of  Indy Maven and a freelance writer. She fully admits she both loves Twitter and also recognizes it may be taking years off her life. You can follow her @abbygardner.