In honor of 95 years of Making Democracy Work ®, LWVVUS staff members are sharing stories about their work with the League.
Renee Davidson, Online Content Associate
Years at LWVUS:
Over two years
I care about the League’s work because:
Everyone should enjoy equal and unhindered access to the ballot box. It was only 50 years ago that activists marching in Selma, AL, were beaten and arrested for fighting for equal voting rights. We’ve come a long way since then, but today’s voting restrictions -- including discriminatory voter photo ID requirements and biased redistricting -- make it clear that there is still much to be done, and the League’s work remains vital.
My favorite experience with the League has been:
Meeting our supporters! Since I work on online communications, I don’t often get to meet League members in person. Every time I do, I’m blown away by their commitment and hard work – especially since most of them are volunteers! Stories like those told by League members Stacy Doepner-Hove and Judy Stuthman have really stuck with me.
The most inspiring thing I’ve learned from the League and its members is:
Local- and volunteer-based advocacy work can truly be transformative!
In 2015 and beyond, I look forward to the League:
Not only continuing to thwart discriminatory voting measures, but also making strides in establishing much-needed pro-voter reforms. We can do it!
The League of Women Voters is celebrating 95 years of Making Democracy Work® at every level of government. In 1920, the League was founded as an outgrowth of the movement that secured women the right to vote to help new voters engage with their government. Today, the League empowers all voters to improve their local, state and national government. Learn more about the League of Women Voters and join our celebration!