Elisabeth MacNamara is the 18th president of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) and chair of the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF). A longtime DeKalb County, Georgia, resident, Ms. MacNamara was first elected national League president in Atlanta during the 2010 League of Women Voters 49th biennial Convention and celebration of the organization’s 90th anniversary. In 2014, she was reelected for a third term as national president at the League of Women Voters 51st Convention.
Ms. MacNamara joined the League in 1983 and has since served in leadership roles at all levels—local, state and national. In 1983, she was invited to join the Board of directors of the League of Women of Georgia as the Courts/Criminal Justice chair. She served on the state Board until 1991, also serving as vice president for Program and as secretary. In 1984, she joined the Board of directors of the DeKalb League, serving as Courts/Criminal Justice chair, Education Committee chair, vice president, and secretary between 1984 and 1997. In 1997, she was president of the DeKalb League. Ms. MacNamara rejoined the Board of directors of the League of Women Votes of Georgia in 1999, and served as president of that Board beginning in 2001.
Professionally, Ms. MacNamara is an attorney, recently retired as deputy chief assistant district attorney in charge of the office’s juvenile court division in DeKalb County. Prior to this promotion, she had served as assistant district attorney since 1986. Her interest in juvenile justice arose after years of volunteering for the public high school activities of her two sons, including mock trial, academic bowl, track, marching band and cross country. She has also served as a staff attorney for the National Center for State Courts and law clerk for the Superior Court of DeKalb County.
In addition to her decades-long volunteer service with the League, Ms. MacNamara has volunteered with the High School Mock Trial Program; the Band Parents Association of Lakeside High School; University of Georgia Parents and Families; and PTA.
Ms. MacNamara graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in 1976 and a J.D. in 1979. She is a proud member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa and Pi Delta Epsilon, and has lived in DeKalb County, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, since 1974.
Test your knowledge of the 19th Amendment and learn more about the fight for women's suffrage in the U.S. with our interactive quiz!
Read President Elisabeth MacNamara's Huffington Post article on the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
Ninety-five years ago, a single vote in the Tennessee legislature guaranteed that the 19th Amendment, securing women the right to vote would, at last, become law.
Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA) into law, calling the day ''a triumph for freedom." The VRA was an historic achievement that changed America.
The Environmental Protection Agency has released its Clean Power Plan—the first ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Sign our thank you card to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and President Obama for finalizing this historic regulation!
Fifty years ago, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA), ensuring that every American citizen had equal access to the vote. But two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a key provision leading to an attack on voting rights. Tell Congress it’s time to restore the VRA!
Innovation and inclusion were common themes of the three wonderful state League conventions that I attended this year. In each state, the conversations were about the League’s celebrated past as prelude to the future of Making Democracy Work® for all Americans.
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Earth Day is just one day each year, but we can work every day to protect our planet. Tell Congress to stand up for the planet and support the work of the EPA to fight climate change, protect public health and grow our economy!
The League is proud to celebrate Women’s History Month and to celebrate a little of our own history, 95 years after our founding. How well do you know the League’s impact on Americans’ lives? Test your knowledge and learn more about just a few of the League’s great accomplishments over the past 95 years!