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August 18, 2011

TODAY: Aug 18, 1920 – The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is ratified by Tennessee, giving it the two-thirds majority of state ratification necessary to make it the law of the land.

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: Time to Reflect (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • 800,000 Strong for Kids Health, Against Mercury Pollution (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Redistricting; Global Democracy)

  • Redistricting: August 8th Redistricting Panel in Georgia (NEW)
  • Global Democracy: Egypt Update (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Updated LWVUS Calendar Available Online (NEW)
  • Update Your League’s Information in the LWVUS Membership Database (NEW)
  • Women's Equality Day is Next Week! (NEW)

OTHER

  • Do Your Holiday Shopping in August!
  • Leaving a Legacy

 

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

Next Friday we celebrate Women’s Equality Day. During this time, we have the opportunity to reflect, not just among ourselves but also with our communities, on the impact of women voters.

This year, it’s more important than ever that we not only celebrate past victories, but look to the future and our potential to change the debate on major issues. Women understand the importance of sensible government regulation that protects families from predatory practices by financial institutions and protects our public health from polluting industries. Women understand that seemingly benign requirements such as voter ID and proof of citizenship disproportionately impact not only the poor and disabled, but also young adults and women.

Despite the heady progress that we made in the last half of the 20th century to protect our environment, open our electoral process to diverse viewpoints and protect the average consumer, the fight for those vital, common sense protections is not over.

This a good time to remind our communities and our leaders that women were instrumental in making our society a safer, fairer place, and we will continue to fight fiercely for the welfare of our families and our communities.

The League has been a strong voice for women and for all those who share our vision of a forward thinking society. That is the best legacy that we can leave our children and grandchildren. That is the best way to honor the suffragists who created that most patriotic of memorials to their struggles, a League of Women Voters to finish the fight!

Proudly in League,

Elisabeth

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ADVOCACY

800,000 Strong for Kids Health, Against Mercury Pollution (NEW)
EPA hears it from America: It’s time to protect kids and cut dangerous mercury and toxic pollution. Read the Clean Air Promise press statement.

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EDUCATION FUND (Redistricting; Global Democracy)

Redistricting: August 8th Redistricting Panel in Georgia (NEW)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution cites LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara in this article. She was a special guest speaker at the panel discussion hosted by Congressman John Lewis, which brought 300+ participants together, experts and the public, to discuss “Redistricting and the Continued Relevance of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.”

Global Democracy: Egypt Update (NEW)
The Daily News Egypt cited LWVUS Deputy Executive Director and Global Democracy Programs Director Zaida Arguedas in a recent article: “women’s number one priority should be to ‘get your ID and go vote … [Women need to] overcome fear of going into a polling booth and making a decision and be aware of the power they have by voting…’”

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Updated LWVUS Calendar Available Online (NEW)
The LWVUS Calendar has been updated and is available here. Find important dates, including actions that the National office is taking, deadlines for items to be sent to the National office and potential media opportunities for Leagues.

Update Your League’s Information in the LWVUS Membership Database (NEW)
Update your League’s website, email address and officers in the LWVUS Membership Database in preparation for the launch of the redesigned LWVUS website! This will ensure that individuals interested in volunteering with or joining your League will be directed to the correct person once our new website is live. Contact Betty Taira at BTaira@lwv.org if you need assistance. Please note that changes to your League’s information will NOT be reflected on the current LWVUS website, but will appear on the new website!

Women's Equality Day is Next Week! (NEW)
Next Friday, August 26, is Women’s Equality Day and marks the 91st anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave full voting rights to women. There’s still time to publicize this milestone by putting out a media release. A sample media release is available here. This is a day that is so important to our history and so strongly associated with the League that we should be visible!

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OTHER

Do Your Holiday Shopping in August! (NEW)
When the cold weather comes, be cozy and stylish while promoting the League! The 5-piece ivory fleece set includes hat, headband, pair of gloves and carrying bag. An ideal holiday gift for only $5.50 at our online store.

Leaving a Legacy
Including the League of Women Voters Education Fund in your will is among the easiest ways to offer support of the LWVEF's work for years to come. We suggest the following language to include the League as a beneficiary of a will or trust: " I give, devise, and bequeath to the League of Women Voters Education Fund, a charitable organization formed in the District of Columbia, with offices at 1730 M Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, {the sum of $___ } {___ percentage of my residuary estate}." If you already have a will, you can have your attorney add a codicil to include the LWVEF. After you've added the League, please contact the Development office by email so we can list you as a member of our Carrie Chapman Catt Legacy Society.

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"Like" the League on Facebook at www.facebook.com/leagueofwomenvoters
Donate to the League on our Facebook Causes page.

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