Earlier this month, the League of Women Voters of the United States hosted a reception for the female members of Congress to celebrate the record number of women serving in the House and Senate this year. We were proud to hold this event during Women’s History Month at a time when women are making an important mark on our democracy.
Just the week before our celebration in the Capitol, the For the People Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives with overwhelming support from female representatives. This democracy reform bill will make our elections fairer and put the power back in the hands of the American people. The League was proud to help shape the bill’s language, including in provisions for public campaign financing that will benefit future female candidates for office by leveling the playing field for fundraising.
We were honored to hear from five female members at our event, three of whom are members of their local Leagues. As our national board president Chris Carson said, "Women bring a different voice to the table." Now that there are more women at the table than ever before, it is our job to make sure those voices are heard and that we build on this success for future female leaders.
Check out some highlights from our LWVUS leaders and the women of Congress: