LWV History

Our January 8, 2020 meeting was held at Luby's Cafeteria. Members Jane McGough, Rosemary Capps, Terry Gilleland, and Kaye Holland presented a wonderful journey through the history of the League. The mission of the League of Women Voters is "Empowering voters. Defending democracy." LWV works to accomplish that mission by encouraging informed and active participation in government, working to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influencing public policy through education and advocacy.

The league was founded in 1920 to help support women as they began exercising their newfound right to vote. It was a merger of the National Council of Women Voters, founded by Emma Smith DeVoe and the National American Woman Suffrage Association, headed by Carrie Chapman Catt. The League of Women Voters began as a "mighty political experiment" aimed to help newly enfranchised women exercise their responsibilities as voters. Originally, only women could joint the league; but in 1973 the charter was modified to include men. LWV operates at the local, state, and national level, with over 1,000 local and 50 state leagues, and one territory league in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Thanks to the WF LWV team for their fantastic presentation about the history of both the local and national League of Women Voters.

Kaye Holland, Rosemary Capps, Jane McGough, Terry Gilleland

"To the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that needs assistance, To the future in the distance, Give yourselves" - Carrie Chapman Catt

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