The League of Women Voters is celebrating its 98th birthday this year. On Feb. 14, 1920, the League of Women Voters was founded as an outgrowth of the movement that secured for women the right to vote -- passage of the 19th Amendment in that same year -- following a long organized struggle that involved many personal sacrifices on the part of the Suffragettes. Its emphasis was on educating voters, particularly newly-enfranchised women, about candidates and campaign issues, especially relating to child labor and welfare, citizen participation, civil rights, consumer affairs, environmental concerns, immigration, labor, national security and women's legal status and rights.
Today the league works to empower all voters to improve their local, state and national governments through increased voter information and participation. The league's focus this year is "Making Democracy Work." Areas of attention are campaign financing, legislative and congressional redistricting, and fair election practices. The league welcomes participation by both men and women. To learn more, visit montrose.co.lwvnet.org.