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League of Women Voters Celebrates 100 Years of Empowering Voters and Defending Democracy

More than 350 events nationwide celebrating ‘Women Power the Vote’

WASHINGTON – Friday, February 14, marks 100 years since the League of Women Voters was founded. To commemorate this milestone, the organization is hosting a nationwide Day of Action, with hundreds of events around the country celebrating how ‘Women Power the Vote.’

“As our organization celebrates a century of working to advance voting rights, we are looking forward to our next 100 years of protecting voters and making sure everyone has the information needed to participate in our elections,” said Chris Carson, president of the board of directors of the League of Women Voters of the United States.

The League began in 1920 as a ‘mighty political experiment’ designed to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters, ahead of the 19th Amendment ratification later that year. Today, the League is strong across all 50 states with more than 750 active state and local Leagues.

“We’re celebrating through action today, because we know our democracy is strongest when people build power together,” said Virginia Kase, CEO of the League of Women Voters of the United States. “Our founders did not stop after the achievement of the 19th amendment—they recognized that their dream could not truly be realized until all voters are empowered to play a critical role in our democracy.”

For 100 years, the League has fostered an informed electorate through candidate forums, policy studies, and the voter information resource, VOTE411. With a commitment to nonpartisanship, never supporting or opposing political parties, the League has fought for pro-democracy measures like election protection, democratic reforms, equal access to the ballot, and other vital issues.

For more information or to find a Women Power the Vote event near you, visit LWV.org.

Contact: Sarah Courtney | 202-263-1332 | [email protected]