League of Women Voters Centennial Celebration
Feb 14, 2020, marked the centennial anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters and the passing of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. There are more than 750 local Leagues in the USA which engage in advocacy, voter registrations, and outreach and leadership development.
The League is the only “nonpartisan” group that provides education on issues affecting citizens and their voting privileges and information on legislation in our democracy. Vote411.org is the “one-stop-shop” for registration forms, voter photo ID requirements, early voting options, polling place locations, and more.
The most recent efforts national and especially in PA have been civic engagement and education by increasing awareness of the fair redistricting process. This is a crucial component that will empower individuals to effectively advocate for their communities and hold their legislative leaders accountable to the voters.
This is the 59th year since the formation of the Warren League. The League bi-annually publishes a “Government Directory” leaflet funded by the Sally Sokolski Memorial Fund and the Community Foundation of Warren County. It includes contacts for Federal, PA, and Warren Co officials. In past years, a 24 paged “ Know Your County” publication was prepared for Warren citizens to learn where to get help and to make contacts with county government-related organizations. Both publications are online at Warren’s webpage www.lwvwc.org.
Examples of public education meetings will come in March when the League sponsors an informative program on the 2020 Census as part of Sunshine Week - March 11th at the Warren Library Slater Room 4-6:30 pm. Periodically “conversation and coffee” informal hours are held on issues for the public to hear from the professionals on various subjects. High school voter registration occurs in cooperation with Warren School District and Tidioute Charter School teachers to register high school students to vote, plus learn the importance of voting. The Warren Co. Voter Registrar Director - Lisa Rivett provides mock voting exercises with the voting machine in classrooms while league members provide education on current issues and voter registration. Due to COVID-19, all public meetings have been postponed.
The league has supported various Suffrage Era programs held by Warren County organizations including the 2019 Fall presentation of Susan B Anthony at the Library Theatre with funding provided by Zonta Club of Warren, and Traci Langworthy of Jamestown Community College speaking on local suffragette Elnora Monroe Babcock at the Wilder Museum coordinated of the Warren Historical Society suffragette programming.
For over 100 years after the National League was founded in 1920, members of the League are proud of the great progress achieved with it come to truly “Making Democracy Work.”
Susan B. Anthony Program
September 10, 2019
Phyllis Wright speaking
Equality of Rights Program
October 19, 2019
Pictured left to right:
Margaret Angevine, Rev. Dorothy Hilliard, and Shirley Crone