Women have played a fundamental role in shaping an inclusive and active electorate. Women have powered—and continue to power—the vote. On the 100th birthday of the League of Women Voters, we are keeping in line with the fact that we were born from the suffrage movement and are centering our Day of Action around the theme: Women Power the Vote.
Our organization is rooted in a 100-year history of fighting to strengthen our democracy, and we will demonstrate our continued power through a coordinated Day of Action on February 14, 2020.
Take Action for Equal Rights
On January 27th, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)– crossing the three-fourths threshold of support required of states for this amendment to become enshrined into law.
But there is more to do to get this across the finish line. Reach out to your Representative now and urge them to support legislation to remove the ERA’s ratification deadline.
Demand a Hearing on the For the People Act
The For the People Act is a historic opportunity to expand voting rights, enact ethics reform, and limit the influence of big money in politics—and, in the Senate, it faces an uphill battle.
Stand Up for DC Statehood
More than 700,000 residents live in DC, which is more than that of Wyoming and Vermont, yet its residents still lack voting members in the U.S. House and Senate. Without these voting members, residents of DC are denied a voice in Congress to defend them from attacks on their own locally passed laws and citizen backed initiatives.
It's Time to Restore the Vote
Six years ago, the Shelby v. Holder decision struck down the protections of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and lead to unprecedented levels of voter suppression across America. But soon, the U.S. House will be voting on H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which will not only restore the original VRA but will also provide greater transparency and protection for voters on the electoral process.
Access to the ballot box should not be a partisan issue. Passing the Voting Rights Advancement Act ensures that every voter—regardless of where they live—has equal access to the ballot box and is protected from unfair laws and practices that make it harder for people to vote.
Congress can pass H.R. 4 and ensure that the future of American democracy and the rights of voters remain strong.
Take Action to Secure our Elections
Election security is about voter confidence and participation. The more confident voters are in our elections systems, the more confident they will feel that their vote has been counted and their voice heard, and this directly impacts their participation. Which is why it is so important for the U.S. Senate to step up and pass legislation that protects the votes of all Americans.
Make Sure Everyone is Counted in the 2020 Census
April 1, 2020, marks the kickoff of the 2020 Census. This process of counting will ensure that the political power, health, and safety of every community is maintained or enhanced in the upcoming decade. But communities that don’t get fully counted in 2020 will miss out for the next ten years. NOW is the time to get involved.
The Census counts. So do you.
Tell Congress to Honor the 19th Amendment
After Congress passed the 19th Amendment in 1919, but before it was ratified in August of 1920, the same suffragists, who had fought for nearly a century to gain the right to vote for women, formed the League of Women Voters. 2020 is not only the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, it is also the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters. For that reason, the League has a keen interest in seeing the 19th Amendment honored with a coin, featuring women who have been influencers in our great country.
Tell Congress to Pass Sensible Gun Laws
It’s time to stop the violence. Legislation with common sense solutions to prevent gun violence will protect our children, our citizens and help restore our public confidence.
Stop Voter Suppression
Across the country, there has been a concerted effort in many states to stop some voters from voting, or to make it much harder for them to participate. Legislators and election officials have purged existing voters from the rolls, made cuts to early voting, reduced polling places, put in place strict voter photo ID laws and levied onerous voter registration restrictions.