The League of Women Voters is Turning 100!
The League of Women Voters celebrates its 100th anniversary this year; the LWV Charleston Area joins more than 700 other local and state chapters to celebrate this historic milestone.
On February 14, 1920 - six months before the 19th amendment to the Constitution was ratified - the League was formally organized in Chicago as the national League of Women Voters.
Since its inception, it was apparent that the legislative goals of the League were not exclusively focused on women's issues and that citizen education aimed at all of the electorate was in order. The League has helped millions of women and men become informed participants in government.
The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson, issued the following statement regarding the League’s efforts ahead:
Today we are faced with many challenges that threaten to compromise our democracy. Our efforts to support voting rights and to fight against voter suppression and discrimination at the local, state and national levels have been very successful, and this has been achieved primarily by educating and empowering voters, circulating special petitions, and intervening in several critical court cases.
The League’s historic commitment to register, educate and mobilize voters is not only stronger, but more effective than ever, utilizing such tools as Vote411.org—a cutting-edge election information website utilized by millions of voters each election cycle. As we look to a vibrant future on the threshold of our next 100 years, the League is excited that dedicated members across South Carolina continue to steadily attract significant numbers of activists who share the League’s commitment to Making Democracy Work.