In March 2023, LWV staff met with four women attorneys — Trudy Levy, Katherine Mazzaferri, Cynthia Hill, and Maureen Thornton Syracuse — who pioneered the League’s litigation work between the 1970s and 1990s. The goal was to learn about their experiences litigating alongside Leagues during those critical decades.
Almost 1 million immigrants became naturalized citizens in 2022, expanding the electorate significantly. During that time, 31 League volunteer teams across the country reported attending close to 800 naturalization ceremonies and registering over 37,000 New Americans to participate in our democracy — this represents just a small portion of our 750+ Leagues’ impact.
Ensuring elections are fair and equitable includes maintaining clean and accurate voter rolls.
The Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) is a nonpartisan membership organization comprised of state election officials from around the United States who have chosen to opt into ERIC, and the states that do so make up ERIC's funding. At this time, 26 states and Washington, DC, are members.
In 2023, US and DC League members joined other leaders in the movement for DC Statehood to honor the holiday and discuss how statehood is both a human rights and racial justice issue.
Led by moderator Nile Blass, panelists included:
- Virginia Kase Solomón, LWVUS
- Jason Fink, DC Office of Federal and Regional Affairs
- Jamal Holtz, 51 for 51
- Dr. George Derek Musgrove, DC Vote, co-author of Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nationa's Capital
- Philip Panel, Anacostia Coordinating Council
Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist and labor leader who has dedicated her life to fighting for democracy in the United States, both in the government and the workplace. Growing up, she witnessed the struggles of farm workers and saw firsthand the injustices they faced. Her experience motivated her to become an activist and work towards creating a more democratic society.
If the mayor is like the CEO of the city, then the city council is like the board of directors. It serves as the law-making body for the city.
City council members, as the lawmakers of your city, make decisions that directly impact your day-to-day life, so a vote for them is powerful for your community.
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating trailblazing women who advocate for equal rights and power our democracy.
These include Byllye Y. Avery, America Ferrera, Jane Fonda, Coretta Scott King, and Winona LaDuke.
On February 3, 2023, the North Carolina Supreme Court voted to re-hear Harper v. Hall, a case concerning redistricting. The North Carolina Supreme Court’s upcoming decision could upend a pending case at the Supreme Court that threatens our current system of political checks and balances.
Without the ability to make reproductive decisions for one’s body, those who can become pregnant cannot participate equally in our democracy.
Further, since the Dobbs decision reversing the right to abortion, numerous state governments have introduced legislation directly or indirectly related to reproductive rights, challenging doctrines of US democracy.
Since its Founding in 1945, the United Nations (UN) has played a role in advancing international peace and harmony. The League of Women Voters (LWV) has had “Observer” status at the UN from it’s the UN’s 1945 inception, since major LWV goals such as improving governance and the rights of women are inextricably linked to the security and well-being of peoples everywhere.
This blog explores UN Observer Paulette Austin's experience promoting equality within and without the US.
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