February 14th, 2020, marked 100 years that the League of Women Voters has empowered voters and defended democracy. Over the last century, we’ve fought for election protection, democratic reforms, and equal access to the ballot—all while maintaining our commitment to nonpartisanship and fostering an informed electorate.
Keeping in line with the fact that we were born from the suffrage movement, we are thrilled to have celebrated with nearly 400 Day of Action events occurring across the nation centering around the theme: Women Power the Vote. Read the inspiring experience from one future League leader here.
None of this could have happened without the power and excellence of the people who make up our League: YOU!
As we look to our next hundred years, our organization will only continue to attract a tenacious and powerful membership focused on protecting our democracy every step of the way! We have already shown our communities that we fought hard for 100 years for a better democracy and we are prepared to fight hard for another 100 more.
A step towards Constitutional equality
Also this month, the U.S. House successfully passed a bipartisan resolution removing the ratification deadline on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Now our fight moves onto the Senate, where an identical bipartisan resolution is ready to move forward.
There is more to do to get this across the finish line. Reach out to your Senator now and urge them to support legislation to remove the ERA’s ratification deadline.
When the ERA passed Congress in 1972, lawmakers attached a 1977 ratification deadline to it, which they later extended to 1982. Legislation introduced by Senators Cardin and Murkowski will remove the deadline and the final obstacle to accepting the ERA as part of the U.S. Constitution. This legislation has been passed by the House. Now, the Senate must act so the states' efforts are not done in vain.
This is our moment and the perfect way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women earning the right to vote. It is time for Congress to remove the ERA deadline and make this amendment a reality!
Kentucky introduces fair maps legislation
This month in Kentucky House Bill 326, also known as the Fair Maps Act, was filed, calling for a citizen-led redistricting advisory commission to design new electoral maps.
If the Act becomes law, the Commission will gather statewide input and develop new state and federal legislative maps of compact districts of equal size that reflect Kentucky’s diversity. Fifteen states currently have similar redistricting commissions, and a recent study found that 60 million Americans live in a state where at least one legislative chamber is controlled by a party that received fewer statewide votes.
“For much of our country’s history, partisan gerrymandering has allowed legislators to pick their voters rather than the other way around,” said Fran Wagner, president of the Kentucky League. “That’s not the way it should be, which is why more and more states are putting this responsibility into the hands of unbiased people committed to making sure communities are preserved rather than split to fulfill a political goal.”