OUr mission statement

Women4Change is a nonpartisan, grassroots, collaborative organization whose mission is to equip and mobilize women to engage effectively in political and civic affairs in order to strengthen our democracy and to advocate for the leadership, health, safety, and dignity of all women in Indiana.


Our founders, Rabbi Sandy Sasso and Jennifer Nelson Williams, were deeply disturbed by the breakdown in civility witnessed during the heated 2016 presidential campaign. After the election, they decided to do something to help restore civil discourse in our society. When more than 800 people showed up for the first meeting of Women4Change (W4C), they knew they were onto something big, so they established a steering committee to help develop a strategic plan that would guide the organization's focus in the long term.

In October 2017, a board of directors was convened. The board, along with Executive Director Rima Shahid, will oversee the implementation of this plan moving forward.

Our History


Our Civility Pledge

Civility is a core W4C value. In fact it's so important to us that we developed a Civility Pledge. We use it to guide our direction as a group and our actions as individual members. We ask that you model this behavior in your daily life (both online and off) because change starts with us!

  • I pledge to be civil and respectful in my public discourse and behavior.

  • I will honor the dignity of others, whether in agreement or disagreement.

  • I will respond to incivility and speak up in the presence of name-calling, stereotypes, slander and slurs.

  • I will do this for the sake of our children, for the healing of our country, for the future of democracy and for peace.


Click the button below to view our 2018 Annual Report and learn even more about our goals and accomplishments