Sunday, February 14, 2010

Dick Bennett shares news from League of Women Voters history

Joyce Hale share her research on League of Women Voters and St. Valentine's Day

Feb. 14, 1920, BIRTHDAY OF LWV

Ninety years ago, Carrie Chapman Catt first proposed a League of Women Voters to "finish the fight" and work to end all discrimination against women. And so the League of Women Voters was founded on Valentine's Day in 1920, six months before the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

Today, the League of Women Voters remains a grassroots organization with more than 150,000 members and supporters and 850 Leagues throughout all 50 states. Though the League is known widely for their voter education efforts, they have also studied and acted upon such issues as health care reform, global climate change, and many others.

“As we enter into a new year, we know that the League will continue to do what it has been trusted to do for more than 90 years:

Discuss the important issues;

ask the difficult questions;

and demand accountability from our government..” Mary Wilson, Pres. of LWV

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