The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose any political party or candidate. It is a political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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February 14th was Valentine's Day... and it's also League's birthday. Ninety-seven years ago, Carrie Chapman Catt, president of National American Woman Suffrage Association, presided over the formation of the League of Women Voters. This was shortly after the 19th Amendment had been passed by Congress and before it was ratified by the final state later that year. Ms. Catt had been chosen by Susan B. Anthony, long time president of NAWSA, to "finish the fight."
The move for women's suffrage had formally begun with the Seneca Falls Convention in July 1848. This was convened by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, soon joined by Ms. Anthony. The campaign lasted for 72 years! Talk about persistence!
League's mission was to inform and enable newly enfranchised voters to take an active part in the civic life of their country. This has not changed in the past 97 years. The goals set in 1920 have not changed: voters rights, equal rights and respect for all, and equal access to education for all.
The League has been #MakingDemocracyWork for 97 years. If you agree with these goals, we invite you to join us. We will persist.
On January 21st, millions of women and men gathered--in the streets of Washington, in cities and towns across the United States, and in countries around the world--to demand their voices be heard.
The Women's March was a powerful, inspiring event--but even before the crowds had begun to disperse, the crucial question was asked: What next?
Because even the largest, most inspiring demonstration becomes an empty gesture if it is not followed by the day-to-day commitment and work required to accomplish real change.
That's why we put together a list of CRITICAL actions you can take right now!
We built incredible momentum on that Saturday--now it's up to us to keep it going. Please, find out What's Next, right now.
Chris Carson, LWVUS President
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