EDITORIAL NOTE: This blog post was originally posted on President Elisabeth MacNamara's Huffington Post blog.
In 1920, suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters(LWVUS) to democratize the vote. Since then, League members across the country have worked tirelessly to strengthen our democracy and ensure equality for all.
Today, that work is needed more than ever. In the past year alone, League members have helped protect our democracy and ensure the equality of all Americans by thwarting widespread voter suppression efforts, educating and empowering voters, helping pass landmark state gun control legislation, leading the fight to protect our climate and more.
Carrie Chapman Catt understood the importance for all Americans to be engaged in and empowered by our democracy. "Everybody counts in applying democracy," said Chapman Catt. "And there will never be a true democracy until every...adult in it, without regard to race, sex, color or creed, has his or her own inalienable and unpurchasable voice in government."
The League of Women Voters has been working to protect voting rights for over 90 years, and we take heed of our founder's words. From fighting the flood of secret money in our elections to protecting against attacks on voting rights - and so much more - here are just 10 of the countless ways that the League of Women Voters has helped to strengthen our democracy in 2013...
Continue reading at the Huffington Post.