Ella Stratman as Eleanor Roosevelt, League leader

My 10-year-old daughter likes to dress up like Eleanor Roosevelt. That might be overstating it a bit. Recently, she had to dress up as Eleanor Roosevelt as part of a school project. Her classmates portrayed other notables, including Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth and Helen Keller. While they all noted the achievements (including Roosevelt’s role in the League of Women Voters) of each of these remarkable women, the girls also discussed some of their shared character traits: courage, passion, confidence, tenacity. In short, they all were unflappable change agents. As I watched the presentations, I thought, “I know women just like this – thanks to the League.”

Sometimes I’m asked “Why should I join the League?” My response is always: the people. The League is a place for learning and for personal growth – as well as for getting things done. I’ve been mentored by League leaders and given opportunities as a member and staffer that I could not have imagined for myself but for which I am extremely grateful.

So as we approach Mother’s Day, I want to thank my League foremothers. And, I want to offer them a gift: to try my best to be a role model for those coming after me.

That starts with my own daughters – fostering their passions, building their confidence and making a difference in their communities. As I look to the near future, I plan to have them attend more League events with me, and in the longer view, I see them leading League events. Who knows – in the future, an elementary school student will be dressing up as one of them!

Happy Mother’s Day!