Activities and Actions for February 14, 2020
Leagues across the country can participate in this collective Day of Action through a number of activities, both digitally and in-person. Through the nationwide campaign for People Powered Fair Maps, LWVUS will provide direction and message support for Leagues to fold this action into other League birthday celebrations.
Leagues can participate in this Day of Action by incorporating actions or activities that highlight the League's legacy, demonstrate our organizational impact, and show how women power the vote! Day of Action participation can be:
- Public dialogues (i.e. a luncheon, educational forum, panel discussions)
- Social media posts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
- Traditional media (LTE, op-ed, press release)
- Advocacy (letter writing, lobby day, rally, phone banking, proclamation, protests, honk and wave!)
- Electoral outreach (voter registration, signature collection, pledge to be counted cards)
- Leadership development (offered training to the public or members—could be how to testify, how to recruit volunteers)
Day of Action Planning Checklist
We hope that the Day of Action is a way to bring additional attention to League work and our nation-wide impact! This is our time to tell our story and to bring in new people. For a successful Day of Action, we recommend going through the following checklist:
- Assign roles! Don’t do it alone
- Publicize your event(s)
- Follow up with attendees after your event
Day of Action Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why should Leagues participate in the Day of Action?
A: Fun, power, and celebration! The nationally coordinated Day of Action allows us to harness the full power of the national, state, and local League work across the country. By participating in an action on or near February 14th, 2020, we are able to bring maximum attention to who we are, what we’ve done, and how we will continue to be a champion for democracy through action.
Q: Why do we need to register our events?
A: To tell our collective story. By sharing what we are doing to celebrate, we make it possible to connect all the activity in a way that shows how women power the vote, at the National, State and local level. We will also be able to provide state by state accounts to League leaders so state Leagues can properly publicize what is happening in their states.
Registering your event will also help us to figure out how to best distribute our resources. Register your event here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020DayofAction
Q: We already celebrated our 100th anniversary. Are you asking us to plan an additional event on the Day of Action as well?
A: Not really! The Day of Action is a moment to come together in a nation-wide effort to celebrate and demonstrate our power, relevance, and voice – so while it may be different from your own League’s 100th Birthday celebration, it is still related! We are asking that you think of the activities and goals you already have planned, and tie it to the Day of Action. You can review the toolkit to find information about how to make your event more action-oriented.
Participation in the Day of Action can look like different things, we have outlined the following as recommended activities:
- Public Dialogue (i.e. luncheon, educational forum, or panel discussion)
- Social Media Posts (i.e. posts on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram)
- Traditional Media (i.e. a press release, letter to the editor, or op-ed)
- Advocacy (i.e. a proclamation, letter writing, lobby day, rally, or protest)
- Electoral outreach (i.e. voter registration, signature collection for a petition, or pledge to be counted cards)
- Leadership development
Q: We are planning a 100th anniversary celebration on or near February 14th, but it doesn’t involve any of the suggested activities. Can we still count it?
A: Yes! Because the nationwide effort is action-oriented, we encourage you to consider integrating activities in your already-planned celebration that can count as “actions.” Consider adding legislature postcard writing to your public historical celebration event, or ask participants to fill out vote commitment cards or Census pledges (included in the toolkit). If you would like to discuss ideas about how to incorporate action into your celebration plans, feel free to reach out to Alicia Gurrieri at [email protected] or Alma Couverthié at [email protected].
Q: Why is the theme “Women Power the Vote”?
A: Women continue to Power the Vote! The ratification of the 19th Amendment marked the single largest expansion of our electorate in the last 100 years. It was a fight led by women and their allies and took over 100 years to accomplish. We are using the theme “women power the vote” to acknowledge this historic fight and to center the League of Women Voters around the work that needs to come.
Q: Where can I go to find resources to prepare for the Day of Action?
A: Everything you need for the Day of Action can be found on the League Management site at lwv.org/DayofAction! Additionally, by registering your event through the sign up form, you will be able to get updates about our progress towards our goal of participation from 600 Leagues!
Q: How does the Day of Action Toolkit relate to the 100th Anniversary Toolkit LWVUS released in 2017? How about with the She Is Me Toolkit?
A: All toolkits are related, and we encourage you check out the 100th Anniversary summary page to get all of the information related to the Centennial activities and opportunities! Below, we have provided a way to understand how to use the toolkits:
Women Power the Vote Day of Action toolkit is for events and activities planned in the lead up to and on the Day of Action on February 14th, 2020, and provides an action-oriented style frame for thinking through member, volunteer, and public engagement.
The 100th Anniversary Toolkit is meant to provide branding materials for Leagues’ historical celebrations. Considering the historical significance of February 14th, 2020, we know Leagues have been planning historical celebrations for months and even years. The Day of Action toolkit is not meant to replace the 100th Anniversary toolkit but to “come alongside” that celebration with tools to help Leagues demonstrate our power on that day as we celebrate our history.
She Is Me is LWVUS's digital (online) campaign focused on reaching new audiences with a general re-introduction of the organization. Leagues are welcome to take part in this LWVUS campaign. As Leagues have capacity and desire to participate in She Is Me, the She Is Me toolkit is meant to help them do so. There will be She Is Me specific content for the Day of Action in the social media section of the Day of Action toolkit that Leagues can use to connect the storytelling of She Is Me with the excitement of the Day of Action.
Q: We can’t do an event on February 14th, 2020. Can we still be part of the Day of Action?
A: YES! To be counted, you must REGISTER YOUR EVENT. We understand that there may be reasons that you are unable to organize an event ON February 14th, but we do want to make your work count. If February 14th is not plausible, think about an event before February 14th. We can use the momentum to build excitement and energy for our Day of Action. We won’t count events past February 25th, as we need the data before then to be able to properly report information back to the field.
No matter what, we encourage you to still participate on February 14th, 2020 by posting on social media using #WomenPowerTheVote!
Q: Who should I contact with my Day of Action related concerns?
A: The Organizing Team! You can reach Alma Couverthié at [email protected] or Alicia Gurrieri at [email protected]
Women Power the Vote logos
Click on the image above to download the Women Power the Vote logos
Logos are available in .png and .jpg formats. There are two versions of the logo: one in full color for use on light backgrounds and one in white for use on dark backgrounds. Please adhere to the following rules when using these logos:
- Do not change the existing dimensions and angle of the logo. When resizing the logo, always maintain the existing ratio between width and height. Never stretch or distort the logo. Never rotate the logo to be at a different angle.
- Do not change the colors of the logo. The existing logo colors are part of the branding of Women Power the Vote.
- You may use the logo for both print and digital branding. If you need the logos in a format other than .png or .jpg, please email [email protected].
Tips for applying a DEI lens to your Day of Action
Our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policy acts as a framework to apply to all of our work. No matter the activities you organize and engage in on the Day of Action, you have the opportunity to strengthen your work and impact by applying a DEI lens. A DEI lens is a way of looking at your League work in a way that addresses long-term and short-term goals of building trust in our communities, deepening our engagement with new communities and leveraging our position to build power.
For more resources on the DEI lens we invite you to view the June 2019 and October 2019 DEI webinars found at and to explore the DEI lens questions.