League Timeline

League Timeline

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1848

1869

1875

1875

  • Susan B. Anthony proposed wording for a US Constitutional Amendment 

1878

  • The Susan B. Anthony Amendment was first introduced to the US Congress 

1881

  • The Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association (MWSA) was founded in Hastings by 14 women 

1885

1887

  • On January 25, the US Senate took the first vote on woman suffrage, where it was defeated 34 to 16, with 25 members absent 

1890

  • On February 18, the National American Woman Suffrage Association is formed from a merger of National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) and American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA) with the single goal of obtaining the right to vote for women 

1893

  • Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association (MWSA) made it first annual attempt to remove the word "male" from the state's voting requirements - the Minnesota Senate passed the bill but the bill was never voted on by the Minnesota House (Mar 16, 1893 Star Tribune article)

1897

  • Equal Suffrage National Conference held at First Baptist Church in Minneapolis 

1898

1901

1907

1911

  • On April 9, Anoka suffragist Dr. Flora Aldrich spoke in favor of women's suffrage in the Minneapolis Tribune 

1914

  • The Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association (MWSA) sponors a silent suffragist parade with 2000 participants in Minneapolis

1917

  • On May 2, Iowa minister Dr. Effie McCollum Jonesa field director for the National Woman Suffrage Association, spoke at Liberty Hall, Anoka but a Suffragist Society was not organized in Anoka due to poor attendance 

1918

  • Grace Randali, one of the founders of Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association, visited Anoka to organize a Ratification Committee to advocate for the Nineteenth Amendment 

1919

  • In March, the National Woman Suffrage Association created the League of Women Voters as an Auxiliary
  • On March 20, Minnesota women were granted the right to vote for presidential electors.
  • On September 8, Minnesota ratified the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution
  • On October 29, Minnesota Women Suffrage Association reincorporated as League of Women Voters, Minnesota 

1920

  • On February 14, the National League of Women Voters became an independent organization
  • On April 21, National League of Women Voters chair, Mrs. Maud Wood Parker and State and District League officers visited Anoka to organize a League Chapter in Anoka
  • On August 18, the Nineteenth Amendment became part of the US Constitution using the exact words proposed by Susan B. Anthony in 1875
  • Anoka County League of Women Voters President, Mrs. Gus Peterson, quoted in the Anoka Union celebrating Passage of the Nineteenth Amendment and encouraging women to vote
  • Anoka League of Women Voters conducted a one day political school for women voters at the Anoka County Fair
  • On November 2, 1920, women vote in the presidential election with women composing 40% of voters in Minnesota 

1921

  • Minnesota eliminated all gender qualification from jury service

1922

  • PDF iconMinnie Hill Beatty, future Charter Member of the Anoka League of Women Voters, served as first woman election judge chair in her ward 

1923

  • Columbia Heights League of Women Voters founded

1924

  • Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 grants Native American women and men citizenship and the right to vote 

1935

  • Cecelia Keys, Charter Member of the Columbia Heights League of Women Voters, became a Member of the State Board of League of Women Voters 

1938

  • On May 18, Mary Hensler Spurzen held a tea, attended by 25 women, to permanently re-establish League of Women Voters in Anoka 

1940

  • League efforts resulted in city wide garbage collection for City of Anoka
  • League successfully raised funds for the Anoka Library
  • League established Future Voters Club at Anoka Junior and Senior High Schools
  • League held candidate meetings for all elections 

1954

  • League held forums for amendments to support revision of State Constitution 

1956

  • League lobbied for permanent registration of voters in the Anoka area 

1960

  • League observed United Nations Day by presenting a UN flag to Anoka High School 

1963

  • League established a Charter Commission to review the Charter of the City of Anoka 

1967

  • League member PDF iconZilla Way elected as the first female Anoka City Commissioner
  • League member PDF iconSusan Anderson began service on the Blaine Charter Commission
  • Blaine League of Women Voters published City Candidate Questionnaire in Blaine Life 

1969

  • Minnesota League of Women Voters 50th Anniversary
  • Cecelia Keys, former Suffragette and Charter Member of the Columbia Heights League of Women Voters, interviewed for 50th Anniversary in Sun newspaper
  • Blaine League of Women Voters studied the Rice Creek Watershed and published four articles in the Sun newspaper 

1973

1974

  • League sponsored "Ban the Can" recycling movement
  • National League of Women Voters welcomed men to full membership and Fred Strobel became the first man to join League in Anoka County 

1976

1979

  • Due to falling membership and lack of leadership. League of Women Voters Blaine disbanded and  members merged with League of Woman Voters  Anoka - Coon Rapids. 

1980

  • League of Woman Voters  Anoka - Coon Rapids changed name to League of Woman Voters  Anoka - Blaine - Coon Rapids (LWV-ABC. 

1982

1983

  • League recommended actions for a new correctional facility for women in Shakopee. 

1986-1987

  • League of Women Voters ABC and League of Women Voters Fridley created Booklets on Children's Issues 

1990

  • Efforts by LWV ABC member PDF iconSandra Shanley resulted in passage of permanent absentee ballot legislation in Minnesota 

1993

  • League of Women Voters and Anoka-Hennepin District 11 sponsor education conversation with University of Minnesota President Nils Hasselmo 

2002

  • LWV ABC held a forum on judicial independence/legislation 

2004

  • LWV ABC had a year long campaign to educate about hazardous household products. 

2007

  • LWV ABC began a local study on the availability of home health care options for seniors and disabled in the Anoka County area 

2011

  • LWV ABC helped obtain a volunteer coordinator position for Anoka County funded via the Minnesota Legacy Fund 

2015

2016

2019

2020

  • LWV ABC hosts the A Century of Civic Engagement: League of Women Voters Minnesota Traveling Exhibit at the Northtown and Rum River Anoka County Libraries