This month we joyfully celebrated the 90th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. Now, as we approach Labor Day, and Congress's return from recess becomes imminent, the League is focused on the unfinished business. We will continue our work for full disclosure of campaign spending and action on climate change throughout the fall. Comprehensive legislation to address climate change is as urgent as it ever was. We are in the middle of the primary election season, and the November 2nd Election Day is barely two months away. Stay tuned with us for action in September.
League Celebrates Women's Equality Day
In celebration of Women's Equality Day, national League President Elisabeth MacNamara was invited to provide special guest commentary on the National Conference on Citizenship website. She shares insights on the enduring legacy of the suffrage movement and also celebrates the League's role as a long-lasting outgrowth of the grassroots spirit that made it possible for women to attain the right to vote. She also shared her thoughts in a Women's Equality Day message (read it here.)
The League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia, with area Leagues and supporters, marched in front of the White House to celebrate the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, and reminding the public that the District's women and men still do not have a vote in Congress!
Don't forget to share your stories of the day on the LWVUS Facebook page!
90th Anniversary Message from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Woman Suffrage leader Carrie Chapman Catt recognized that getting the vote was not the end of the journey. The League of Women Voters was founded to "finish the fight," in her words, and for 90 years the League has continued the journey toward a society in which every citizen has a voice in a government of fair and equitable laws and policies. Speaker Pelosi's message recounts the journey.
Special Offer: Book and Article on League Roots
In celebration of the League's 90th anniversary, author Robert Cooney has written an article about the roots of the League in the woman suffrage movement, based on his presentation at the League's 2010 National Convention. For a limited time, Mr. Cooney and his publisher are making available to members and friends of the League autographed copies of his award-winning, richly illustrated history, Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement (no charge for shipping). More information and the article are accessible here.
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Election 2010 Work Underway!
November 2nd is fast approaching. With only 63 days until Election 2010, the League and other organizations submitted written testimony to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) providing a set of recommendations for ongoing implementation of the reporting requirements of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993. Read the statement here.
Make sure you're ready to vote! Go to VOTE411.org to register to vote and encourage your friends and family to do the same. And, check back frequently as new voter guides and candidate information are added daily.
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League Celebrates 90th Anniversary Around the World
The League of Women Voters of the United States is co-hosting a series of events with valued partners around the world to celebrate its 90th Anniversary. On August 9-10 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the League partnered with Fundación Directorio Legislativo to discuss the importance of strengthening the work of the women's caucuses with elected women in Argentina. This was followed by an international conference, "The Role of Women in Electoral Activities," in Ganja, Azerbaijan, on August 24-25. The series will conclude in Brazil in April 2011.
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Help Plan for the League's Next 90 Years
Some things never change even in these challenging economic times. The League of Women Voters Education Fund continues to be at the forefront of public policy issue education, which allows citizens to thoughtfully engage in the democratic process. We invite you to learn about planning your gifts to the League in a way that will maximize your investment in democracy while providing you with an opportunity to share the benefits. For more information on how to include the League in your will, obtain a charitable gift annuity, participate in our pooled income fund, or find other ways to ensure the future of the League, please contact the Development office at 202-263-1355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Helene Lecar, LWV Berkeley, Albany & Emeryville, CA
A 1963 call to the LWV of DC Voter Service chair made Helene an active League member!
Did You Know?
Colorado was the first state to elect women to its legislature - in 1894, decades before women nationwide got the vote.
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