It's Women's History Month and we were excited to celebrate in Washington, DC, by hosting a reception for the female members of Congress—honoring the record number of women serving in the House and Senate this year.
There is no doubt about it, women are making an important mark on our democracy. Here are a few highlights on just how many waves were made this month:
The For the People Act Moves to the Senate
This month, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the For the People Act, the sweeping democracy reform bill that will make our elections fairer and put power back in the hands of the American voters. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration!
This landmark legislation is the biggest improvement to our democracy since the Voting Rights Act. From election modernization to redistricting reform, the For the People Act levels the playing field to allow more Americans to participate in our democracy.
The extraordinary and comprehensive reforms in the For the People Act are good for all Americans and deserve bipartisan support. Help us build momentum to move this bold legislation forward. Contact your Senators today!
Partisan Gerrymandering at the Supreme Court
Last week activists from across the nation gathered in front of the Supreme Court, as the Justices heard a set of three redistricting cases that could result in ending partisan gerrymandering across the nation.
Rucho v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina and its companion cases assert that partisan gerrymandering by both major parties violated voters’ rights.
Banning partisan gerrymandering would make huge strides in restoring voters’ faith in the electoral process. SCOTUS now has a huge opportunity to declare that, once and for all, politicians cannot choose their voters—voters must be free to choose who they want to represent them.
Learn more about the cases on our blog.
Restoring the Voice of Wisconsin Voters
In Wisconsin this month, a judge ruled in favor of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin in our suit against the state legislature.
During a lame-duck session last year, the Wisconsin state legislature passed a series of laws limiting the incoming governor’s power, undermining the desire of the voters.
Elected officials have a duty to respect the state constitution and honor the will of the voters above their own political interests. Because of this victory, the desires of Wisconsin voters will once again be heard, and the unconstitutional bills will be dissolved.