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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees American women the right to vote.
The battle for that right began in the 1800s, when women organized and picketed to achieve what many Americans considered a radical change to the Constitution. Sadly, few early supporters lived to see their victory in 1920.
On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th and final state necessary to ratify the amendment. The official certification of the amendment happened on Aug. 26, 1920, legally giving women the right to vote.
Established six months before the 19th Amendment was signed, the League of Women Voters marks its 100th anniversary. Founded on the idea that a nonpartisan civic organization could provide the education and experience the public needed to assure the success of democracy, the League of Women Voters grew into an inspirational and influential force.
Certainly a milestone was passed when the words “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged . . . on account of sex” were added to the U.S. Constitution in 1920. One hundred years later, the League of Women Voters continues its mission of championing the rights of eligible voters and creating a more perfect democracy.
What is the League of Women Voters’ mission?
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
From its beginning, the League has been a nonpartisan grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in our democracy.
What is the history of the League of Women Voters?
The League was officially founded in Chicago in 1920, just six months before the 19th Amendment was ratified. The League provided a way for women to overcome their lack of confidence about voting and a means for becoming educated about voting.
Since its inception, the League has helped millions of women and men become informed participants in government. In fact, the first League convention voted on 69 separate items as statements of principle and recommendations for legislation.
Among them were protections for women and children, rights of working women, food supply and demand, social hygiene, the legal status of women, and American citizenship.
As a result of the League, women learned not only how to vote but also gained lessons in government, citizenship, and politics in general. Today the League continues to fight for election protection, democratic reforms, and equal access to the ballot — all while maintaining its commitment to nonpartisanship and fostering an informed electorate.
Why should I support the League of Women Voters?
Government of the people, by the people and for the people cannot function without active involvement of the people. The League of Women Voters is a unique, nonpartisan organization that is a recognized force in molding political leaders, shaping public policy, and promoting informed citizen participation at all levels of government. We believe in keeping elections free,
fair, and assessable.
Supporting the League means you’re part of creating change in our democratic republic. We are, after all, neighbors first and foremost.
How can I support the League of Women Voters?
1. You can join.
2. You can donate.
3. You can volunteer.
Election Day is Tues., Nov. 3. Get engaged. Because the work of empowering voters and defending democracy can never end.
Looking for more information about the election? Check out vote411.org, the Oklahoma State Election Board, or
your county election board.