Whitney Watts Story Bank

From the Story Bank: Why I Joined the League

Whitney WattsWhitney Watts

For as long as I can remember, I have always craved knowledge, wanted to understand the world around me, and found a way to be a part of positive change. Some of my favorite courses in my undergraduate degree touched on social change and social inequities on both a national and international scale. I had always been interested in political issues but my International Affairs degree really opened my eyes to the world around me. After some very enlightening courses, I realized that there is still a lot of work to be done – not just on a national or international level, but here in our backyards. I did my graduate work in Education and Sociology and completed a certificate in teaching with the intention of having education be a center part of the work that I do. Specifically, moving to San Francisco from Atlanta, Georgia four years ago, I wanted to make sure to give back and be a part of the local community. I began by registering to vote, making sure to stay up-to-date on local issues, and, of course, voting! The first time I voted in California, I almost cried with enthusiasm. You would be so shocked and surprised by the amount of voting barriers one faces in Georgia – short hours, lack of information about ballot measures, far commutes to voting sites, identification barriers, and more. San Francisco made it so convenient and easy to vote that I vowed to vote in every election. And, when a friend asked me to join the League of Women Voters of San Francisco – of course I said yes! It is a cause that I believe in wholeheartedly. I am so grateful that I found the LWVSF and that I am able to volunteer my time and energy serving on the Board as Co-Chair of the Communications Committee.

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