April 29, 2011
Contact: Kelly Ceballos

President MacNamara Statement on Massachusetts TV Ad

The League of Women Voters and its partners Espaço Mulher and Fundación Mujeres por Colombia just concluded the Legislative Fellows Program (LFP) that over the course of two years involved 22 fellows from Colombia and Brazil; 15 fellows and 21 mentors from the United States, 20 hosting families and 24 hosting coordinators in 12 cities.

League President Elisabeth MacNamara sent a letter to Senators urging them to carefully contemplate the underlying equity and policy decisions that are reflected in the budget particularly as it relates to Medicare and Medicaid.

By Jean Pierce

History of Federal Efforts Related to Equity in Public Schooling

In the 1896 case, Plessy v. Ferguson, the Supreme Court determined that the equal protection clause of the United States Constitution permitted racially separate schools as long as they had equal facilities. Separate but “equal” schools were sanctioned for close to 70 years.

By Janelle L. Rivers, PhD


The need for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has fostered interest in questions like these:

The League and coalition partners sent a letter to members of the House of Representatives urging them to oppose H.R. 910, introduced by Representative Upton (R-MI), which would put America’s health, prosperity, and national security at risk.

The League and coalition partners sent letters to the White House and Senate leaders urging rejection of provisions that erect obstructions in future 2011 spending bills.

Includes the official statements of position for each program area, briefly traces significant past actions and achievements, and indicates links among positions. The LWVUS public policy positions reflect the 2016-2018 program adopted by the 2016 convention of the League of Women Voters of the United States; the "positions in brief" listed there summarize the official statements of position included in this guide. Updated following biennial convention.

The League and coalition partners sent a letter to Senators urging them to oppose amendments to S. 493 that would dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to address life-threatening pollution.