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Top Moments From Our Panel with Women Leaders in Advocacy

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The League of Women Voters kicked off Women’s History Month with a live panel discussion with leaders from organizations dedicated to fighting voter suppression and empowering communities. 

Our March 3 panel brought together a group of empowering women leaders: Amanda Brown Lierman, SuperMajority executive director; Sindy M. Benavides, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) CEO, LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, and Virginia Kase Solomón, CEO of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS). 

Learn more about our biggest takeaways: 

“We can trace every issue we have to white patriarchy supremacy … we need women in this moment, we need this moment of leadership that’s not just based on dominance, but compassion.”
– LaTosha Brown, co-founder, Black Voters Matter

In recent years, we’ve seen barriers to voting rights increase, with anti-voter bills and gerrymandering disproportionately targeting voters of color, voters with disabilities, and more of our traditionally underserved communities. We cannot have a fair, representative democracy without dismantling the systems that amplify the voices of some and silence the voices of others. Intersectionality and compassion are not only crucial to breaking up these systems but also to empowering voters and amplifying voices. 

“You win when investing in people, not investing in politics.”
– Amanda Brown Lierman, executive director, SuperMajority

With voting rights under attack, it can be challenging to have faith in our democratic process and leaders. However, we must have faith in our coalition of community, trust, and empowerment. We’ve seen the positive change that sprouts when we prioritize people over politics. and the power to transform the status quo and create more inclusive and equitable systems. 

That said, the responsibility cannot just fall on the shoulders of voters. Hold your elected officials accountable and learn more about what you can do to protect voting rights. 

“We have to be very cautious to not go into this narrative of ‘us versus them,’ because that has always been the narrative of America. We are all Americans.”
– Sindy Benavides, CEO, LULAC

The League believes that the pillars of a true democracy are open discourse and diversity of opinion. By engaging in our political processes and protecting voting rights, we can rewrite the narrative and transform our systems, so they truly represent all Americans. The foundation of our nation’s future is built on a coalition of rich and varied communities and identities. 

Everybody, every woman in particular, has so much power in this moment to create the country that we want to live in.”
– Virginia Kase Solomón, CEO, LWVUS

While it is important to recognize the strength of collective, unified power, it is crucial to amplify individual voices. Find your local League to learn more and explore what you can do to empower voters and defend democracy. 

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