Making Democracy Work

Creating A More Perfect Democracy


LWV Centennial LogoThe year 2020 marks the historic passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting most American women the right to vote.

It's also the 100th anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters, springing from the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Leaders knew the importance of educating these new female voters on the important issues, and encouraging their active participation in our democracy.

During our Centennial celebration, we aim:
--to raise awareness about the 72-year struggle women undertook and the sacrifices they made to win the right to vote;
--to inspire all citizens to exercise their right to vote;
--to educate the public on the work needed to secure voting rights for every citizen.

The League's national theme for the Centennial is "Creating a More Perfect Democracy."

While the 100-year anniversary offers us the opportunity to celebrate these milestones, it also reminds us that our work is not done. We invite the public to join us in honoring the work of past leaders and then become active participants in our democracy.

A series of League events are planned between now and August 2020. They include a celebratory beer release party with a new women-owned brewery in downtown Springfield, Hold Fast Brewing, plus a candidate forum at the Fox Theater on Park Central Square with The History Museum; and "suffragists on parade" in the popular Midtown Fourth of July parade.

Centennial Events So Far "Women in Politics," a panel discussion was held June 25 with Missouri Humanities. On Aug. 18 we celebrated Women's Equality Day with a screening of the Hilary Swank movie "Iron Jawed Angels" at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. On Sept. 19 Elaine Weiss, author of the highly acclaimed book The Woman's Hour, spoke about the 70-year fight to win the vote at a program sponsored by the Meador Center at Drury University, in partnership with the League. The following day, a discussion on voting rights with Weiss and others was held at Midtown Carnegie Library.

Even more events and programs are planned for 2020. The League's Centennial Committee will be announcing more programs throughout the year with details shared on the League's social media and on our website calendar.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization
encouraging informed and active participation in government.
It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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