The month of March is widely recognized as Women’s History Month. From International Women’s Day to the anniversary of the deaths of Susan B. Anthony and League founder, Carrie Chapman Catt to the anniversary of the first female member of Congress, Jeanette Rankin, being sworn into office in 1917, there are many important dates to mark this month – and year-round.
The League is proud to celebrate Women’s History Month and to celebrate a little of our own history, 95 years after our founding. How well do you know the League’s impact on Americans’ lives? Test your knowledge and learn more about just a few of the League’s great accomplishments over the past 95 years!
The League was founded by suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920 - just six months prior to the passage of the 19th Amendment, which secured women the right to vote. League history is women’s history. Since then, the League has been critical in Making Democracy Work® across a range of issues not just for women, but for all Americans.
Today, the League empowers people every day to tackle the most important issues facing our communities and country to improve government at every level. From registering thousands of new voters each and every year to providing voters with the elections information they need through our online elections resource – VOTE411.org to advocating for needed reforms to make our elections fair, free and accessible to all eligible citizens, the League will help keep the power of our democracy in the hands of the people for the next 95 years and beyond.
From the League’s founder, suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt, former member Eleanor Roosevelt and the thousands of dedicated League supporters working across the country today, we’re proud of the powerful role that both women – and men (since 1974) – play in Making Democracy Work®.
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!
This post is part of “Celebrating Women: Past, Present & Future,” the League’s series honoring Women’s History Month.