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League of Women Voters

Dear Friend,

Ninety-three years ago today, suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt founded our great organization to better advocate for women’s suffrage. After decades of advocacy, and a mere six months after the founding of the League of Women Voters, Chapman Catt, League members, and women across the country saw their dream realized with the passage of the 19th Amendment.

But today, 93 years after the League was founded to help democratize the right to vote, the voting rights of many Americans are at dire risk
. Later this month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that questions the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965.

Read my most recent Huffington Post article on why the Voting Rights Act remains critically important.

The Voting Rights Act is an essential part of American democracy.
The VRA ensures that every American citizen, regardless of race, has an equal right to vote. The thought that the Supreme Court might overrule Congress and take away voting rights should send a chill down the spine of every American. Learn more about the VRA and this historic court case.

Since our founding 93 years ago, the League of Women Voters has fought for voting rights and to ensure that our elections are fair, free and accessible to all eligible citizens. Chapman Catt understood the importance for all Americans to be able to voice their opinions in our democracy, and we honor her service and memory by continuing to fight to expand and protect voting rights.

Everybody counts in applying democracy. And there will never be a true democracy until every responsible and law-abiding adult in it, without regard to race, sex, color or creed has his or her own inalienable and unpurchasable voice in government. –Carrie Chapman Catt

The VRA is indispensable to the League’s work. Should the Court rule against the VRA, millions of voters could face disenfranchisement. We’re working with our partners to ensure the justices of the Supreme Court understand what is truly at risk if the VRA is overturned.

Thank you for helping make our democracy work. We couldn’t do what we do without your participation.

Elisabeth MacNamara


Elisabeth MacNamara
President, League of Women Voters

P. S. Rooted in the movement that secured the 19th amendment, the League of Women Voters has always been committed to educating and turning out voters, and we’re not stopping now. To help us continue this vital work, please make a donation today. Your support helps the League continue to fight every day for an open, honest and fair democracy that works for all its citizens — not special interests.

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League of Women Voters
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Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-429-1965
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