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. It's also the 100th anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters.

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 everyone.

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.

"Women in Politics," held June 25 with Missouri Humanities, was the first of a series of Centennial League events to take place between now and August 2020. Others include a movie screening next month at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema; a Sept. 19 talk by Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman's Hour, hosted by The Meador Center at Drury University; and the following day, a discussion on voting rights with Weiss and others at Midtown Carnegie Library.

Currently scheduled 2020 events include a celebratory beer release party with Hold Fast Brewing, a new women-owned brewery in downtown Springfield; a candidate forum at the Fox Theater on Park Central Square with The History Museum; and a presence in the Midtown Fourth of July parade.

The League's Centennial committee is in the process of finalizing details and a full schedule will be shared soon on social media and our website.

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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