Caitlin Van Orden

In honor of 95 years of Making Democracy Work®, LWVVUS staff members are sharing stories about their work with the League.

Caitlin Van Orden, Development and Communications Manager

Years at LWVUS:

One year

I care about the League’s work because:

Social justice is very important to me. Ensuring that all people have equal access to political power is the essence of a functioning democracy. The League of Women Voters has been a leader for almost a century in helping expand access to voting rights and keeping political power in the hands of the people.

My favorite experience with the League has been:

Talking to longtime members who recount the excitement of joining the League at a time when women really weren’t expected to work or play a major role in civil society. It was such an important part of activating the political activism of a whole generation of women who otherwise may not have been able to have their voices heard.

The most inspiring thing I’ve learned from the League and its members is:

Positive change doesn’t just happen, you have to get up and fight for it.

In 2015 and beyond, I look forward to the League:

I look forward to the League playing a major role in the 2016 election and ensuring people have access to the ballot box. We’ve seen so much turmoil in the country over the last few years, a lot of it coming from communities that have not had their needs adequately reflected by the policies and politicians who are supposed to represent them. Ferguson, Missouri comes to mind.

The money in our political system, the cynical efforts to make it more difficult for people to vote, the reckless policies that are driven by the interests of a small group of politicians and interest groups—it can’t go on this way. The League and our partners have a really important role to play in correcting the current situation. I look forward to continuing to be a part of that.

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!