As Women’s Equality Day approaches, we reflect on the brave suffragists who helped secure the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote nearly 100 years ago. The suffragists who tirelessly advocated for the 19th Amendment knew that our democracy was strengthened by increased access to the ballot box. They knew that voting is the most powerful act a citizen can make.

League of Women Voters of the United States

Board Meeting

Friday, June 6, 2014

Omni Hotel, Dallas Texas

Board Present:

Elisabeth MacNamara           Peg Appler                             Anne Schink              

Janis McMillen                       carolyn Brown                      Norman Turrill

A year after the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision gutted a vital protection of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the National Commission on the Voting Rights (NCVR), led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, released a groundbreaking national report revealing where and how minorities continue to experience discrimination in the U.S.

The League joined other reform groups to support S. 2754, the Lobbying and Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2014. The legislation, introduced by Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), would limit the ability of lobbyists to use bundled contributions to obtain undue influence with members of Congress.

President MacNamara delivered comments on the Clean Power Plan at the EPA’s public hearing in Atlanta. The comments commend the EPA for taking the necessary steps to cut carbon pollution and fight climate change. They also urge the EPA to work with state stakeholders to make the regulation stronger and reduce carbon pollution levels 35 percent by 2030.

Voting is the most powerful way to have your voice heard, and it is the core of our democracy. The League works all year, every year, to empower all eligible voters to participate in our political system.

On May 15, 2014, the LWVUS Board approved the new Position on Federal Agriculture Policies. The position is based on responses from 243 state and local Leagues. Thanks to Committee Chair Norman Turrill, LWVUS Board and Update Committee members Sheri Latash, Illinois, Jessica Trites Rolle, Kansas, Valerie Kelly, Maine, Margaret Chasson, Maryland, Linda Hoff, Michigan, Marnie Lonsdale, Oregon and Carol Kuniholm, Pennsylvania as well as Member Study Committee Chair Janis McMillen and LWVUS Education Chair Karen Nicholson.

The League's official Position on Human Trafficking was adopted by delegates at the 2014 LWVUS Convention.

The League sent a letter to the U.S. Senate in support of the DISCLOSE Act of 2014.

The League joined a letter to U.S. Senators urging them to pass the DISCLOSE Act of 2014.