Ninety years ago, Carrie Chapman Catt first proposed a League of Women Voters to “finish the fight” and work to end all discrimination against women. And so the League of Women Voters was founded on Valentine’s Day in 1920, six months before the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
Today the League is a grassroots organization with 850 Leagues throughout all 50 states. Although the League is known widely for our voter education efforts, the San Francisco League has been an institution in the City, working on campaign finance reform, healthcare, quality education for all students, and ensuring every local election vote is counted as cast.
On Thursday, February 11, the San Francisco League commemorated ninety years of League activism with its annual Women Who Could Be President Gala. League members and friends honored five Bay Area women who make outstanding contributions to the community.
The League is strictly non-partisan, but we have always been political, advocating to effect change at the national and local level. Our members join the League because they know that whatever happens to our democracy over the next ninety years, it should be up to us, the people.
The League of Women Voters – not just for women, by the way – is the organization where hands-on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement. Come join us! Do as much or as little as you can. Call the League office at 415/989-8683 to talk about your interests and how we can work together. LLII.
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