Ninety-five years ago this week, a single vote in the Tennessee legislature guaranteed that the 19th Amendment, securing women the right to vote would, at last, become law. In celebration of the 19th Amendment’s 95th birthday, check out some vintage pictures of the activists who have led the League’s work for the past 95 years and share the slideshow with your networks.
The story of Harry Burn, a young legislator who honored a request from his mother to change his vote, is well known. With Burn’s vote, decades of organizing and advocacy came to a close, and women’s right to vote was won – not just for the women who had worked tirelessly for equal rights, but for all women in the United States.
In just a little more than a year after Congress approved the 19th Amendment, the dream of equal access to the polls was nearing reality. During that time, not only had 36 states ratified the Amendment, but Carrie Chapman Catt, leader of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, founded the League of Women Voters to “finish the fight” because ratification of the Amendment did not automatically guarantee that 23 million new women voters could or would vote. The fight Catt charged us with continues today, and the League continues to fight to ensure that every eligible voter has free and fair access to the polls.
The trajectory of American history has always been to greater not less freedom for our citizens. The 19th Amendment opened the democratic process to what is now more than half the population. But the work of democracy is never finished. The League began as a "mighty political experiment” to encourage new women voters to use their vote to shape public policy in a way that improved the lives of women and children. From the beginning, the League has sought to strengthen our democracy by empowering voters to engage with their government and to tackle the most important issues in our communities, states and nation.
In This Issue:EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS | EDUCATION FUND - KEY STRUCTURES OF DEMOCRACY |MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP | ADVOCACY | COMMUNICATIONS | DONATE
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EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS
DEADLINE APPROACHING: National Voter Registration Day: Join 200+ Other Leagues on September 22! (REMINDER)
Time is running out sign up to host a voter registration drive in your community on September 22nd and be part of National Voter Registration Day! Leagues must sign up by September 1 in order to receive free posters and stickers to help promote your voter registration event. Join hundreds of Leagues and other groups in celebrating democracy nationwide this year. Additional training opportunities and toolkits will be made available once you sign up. Contact Maggie (Duncan) Bush (email@example.com) with questions.
Voter Registration Webinar Training Tuesday, 8/25 at 2pm EDT (REMINDER)
Want to learn how other Leagues are making the most of their voter registration activities? Looking for ideas on maximizing visibility for your League during the upcoming election season? Interested in hearing more about National Voter Registration Day? Join us for a FREE voter registration webinar training on Tuesday, August 25th at 2pm EDT. Sign up today!
EDUCATION FUND - KEY STRUCTURES OF DEMOCRACY
New MIP Review Papers Available (NEW)
Four Money in Politics (MIP) papers have now been posted. These include Money in Politics: The Debate: Can Government Regulate Money in Politics? which looks at three of the ideological underpinnings of the debate about whether government can restrict money in politics, Money in Politics: Corruption and Rationales for Regulating Campaign Finance which outlines types or categories of corruption that have been offered in Court decisions and analyzed in legal scholarship, Money in Politics: The First Amendment which provides an overview of the 1st amendment as it pertains to campaign finance and Money in Politics: Shifts in Supreme Court Opinion about Money in Politics which provides an overview of the shifts in Supreme Court opinions about money in politics and the impact that has had on campaign finance laws and regulation. These and other MIP materials can be found on the MIP Review page. For questions or further information, please contact Barbara Zia, MIP Committee Chair at MIPCommitteeChair@lwv.org.
Constitutional Amendment Study Guide Available (UPDATED)
The Constitutional Amendment (CA) Study Guide is now available for Leagues. The Guide includes the Consensus Questions as well as Pro and Con Arguments, background materials and Points of View. In addition to the Study Guide, brief synopses of two articles by the committee on viewpoints on amending the Constitution espoused by Professors Kathleen Sullivan and Adrian Vermeule are also online. Additional information can be found on the CA Study Page. For questions or further information please contact Pat Donath, CA Committee Chair at CACommitteeChair@lwv.org.
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
CRM Update (NEW)
The database is still not accessible for Leagues quite yet. We recently held a session with a small group of Leagues who tested the system and provided us with feedback on the training materials. We are making adjustments to the training materials based on their feedback. The testers also encountered some errors that require maintenance to the system coding. We are addressing these fixes with our third party vendor to ensure the database works seamlessly for Leagues.
When it is your League's turn to get access to the system, your Roster Manager(s) will receive an email from LWVUS with a demo video that provides a walk-through of the new database, as well as written step-by-step instructions. After you have reviewed the video, you will fill out a survey to let us know you have completed it and you will be sent a link to set up your password. Your username will be your email address. Thanks again for your patience! This is a big haul for the League after 15 years of the old database!
Consider Becoming a Part of the National Coaching Team! (NEW)
Ruth S. Shur Fellows, national coaches, are a part of the Membership & Leadership Development (MLD) team and are critical to growing the League’s impact nationwide! The application for the 2016-2018 class will be coming soon, but in the meantime take a look at the Key Qualities of a Ruth S. Shur Fellow and listen to Amy describe what being a Shur Fellow means to her!
League Visibility Tools Available (NEW)
While the League's online store has closed, we know that Leagues still need visibility tools, such as membership brochures and LWV pins. These are now available free of charge in limited quantities to Leagues. If your League is in need of these tools especially for the busy upcoming election season, please complete this survey. Note that orders will be filled of each month. Membership brochures and insert templates also are available for download any time.
EPA Announces Final Carbon Regulation (REMINDER)
Earlier this month, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and President Obama unveiled the final regulation limiting carbon from coal fired power plants! The Clean Power Plan will improve public health while saving lives, creating jobs and protecting our environment. League supporters have generated over 90,000 comments and letters in support of this historic regulation. Please show your support by signing our thank you card to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and President Obama thanking them for their leadership on this important regulation. You can also see our press release and blog post for additional information on this life-saving regulation.
Women’s Equality Day Visibility Templates and Resources (NEW)
Wednesday, August 26 marks Women’s Equality Day and when the 19th Amendment became law. Mark 95 years of women voting with these draft Facebook and Twitter messages for your Leagues. Also, download and customize this template press statement to share with local and state media.
National Voter Registration Day Template Press Release Available (REMINDER)
Leagues participating in National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) 2015 on September 22nd can start now to generate visibility for their activities and events by downloading and customizing this template press release.
Websites: Could Your Website Be Easier? (NEW)
This August, a few Leagues will be selected to be “beta testers” for League Easy Web’s (LEW’s) upgraded easy-to-use, affordable web site service. These beta testers will privately test the new system, provide feedback, and then be the first sites to be upgraded in 2016. Beta testers will directly influence how easy and intuitive LEW will be. Read what you’d do as a LEW beta tester and then contact Jennifer Waggoner (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get involved.