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Voices of the League

 Blog Round-up

 March 2014

League of Women Voters

On our blog, Voices of the League, we cover a variety of topics ranging from our work at all levels of the League, including emphasizing work accomplished in local communities across the country on our priority issues, marking important national developments, highlighting the work being done to grow and strengthen the League, and so much more. We hope you’ll take the time to see what we’ve been up to each month through this roundup. Thanks for Making Democracy Work©.

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Celebrating Women's History Month

By: Elisabeth MacNamara
Posted: March 25, 2014

The League of Women Voters is proud to observe Women’s History Month as an opportunity to honor the great work that women have done to strengthen our country and democracy. But this month isn’t just about our past, it is also about our future!

The Selma March and Voting Rights Today

By: Renee Davidson
Posted: 03/31/2014

As we honor the anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights, we urge Congress to pass legislation that will continue to ensure equal voting rights for all Americans.

Voting Rights Victory in California!

By: Trudy Schafer, director of program of the Leauge of Women Voters of California
Posted: 03/28/2014

Through a recent legal settlement, millions of Californians who have applied for health benefits through the state health exchange will be mailed a voter registration card, and voter registration will be integrated into future health insurance applications.

This Women’s History Month, Remembering the Women that History Books ForgetThis Women’s History Month, Remembering the Women That History Books Forget

By: Renee Davidson
Posted: 03/27/2014

Women possess unbridled power to effect change, especially at the grassroots level. But there are many admirable women that history books often fail to recognize.

A high school student registering to vote. Credit: Rockford Register StarIllinois Suffrage at 17: Successful Youth Voter Registration in Greater Rockford

By: Susan Janson, vice president and Jeanne Claeys, voter services chair, of the League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford
Posted: 03/27/2014

A new law in Illinois allows 17-years-olds to vote in the primary election if they'll be 18 in time for the November general election. Following passage of the law, the League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford registered 304 new young voters!

Rosalee Keech, UN ObserverThe Commission on the Status of Women, the United Nations and the League

By: Rosalee Keech and Margery Cohen, League UN Observers
Posted: 03/27/2014

League members recently attended the United Nation's 58th Commission on the Status of Women. Following World War II, the League of Women Voters helped lead the effort to establish the United Nations.

Attendees of the 2014 Shur InsitituteHow Does the League Empower Me?

By: Shauneen Grout
Posted: 03/25/2014

At the Ruth S. Shur Training Institute, the Shur Fellows were asked to share what it was about the League that has empowered them. It was a powerful reminder of all the amazing work that the League does across the country and how rewarding it can be personally.

Statue of Martha Hughes Cannon, Utah's first female state senatorCelebrating Voter Registration Wins and Utah’s Colorful Suffrage Past

By: Jenn Gonnelly, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Utah
Posted: 03/24/2014

Utah was the second territory to grant women the right to vote in 1870. Like it or not, polygamy did play a part in suffrage in Utah.

Health Care for AllEyes on the Prize: Health Care for All

By: Betsy Lawson
Posted: 03/20/2014

This month marks the fourth anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The League was a strong advocate for the legislation when it was debated and passed by Congress in 2010.

Members of the League of Women Voters of Oakland march in a suffrage parade reenactmentBuilding on Women’s History for a Bright Future

By: Katherine Gavzy, president of the League of Women Voters of Oakland
Posted: 03/19/2014

The Oakland League embraces the history of the suffrage movement; we are proud to highlight our history and work during Women’s History Month, but also are committed to improving our community throughout the year.

Supreme Court Preview: The Affordable Care Act, Contraceptive Coverage and Religious FreedomSupreme Court Preview: The Affordable Care Act, Contraceptive Coverage and Religious Freedom

By: Jessica Jones
Posted: 03/18/2014

On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases that challenge the Affordable Care Act mandate that employers are required to provide contraceptive coverage.

Honoring Women Legislators

By: Elisabeth MacNamara
Posted: 03/13/2014

Yesterday, the League of Women Voters joined with Rachel’s Action Network (RAN) to host a breakfast honoring the women of the U.S. Congress.

Eleanor Roosevelt, League of Women VotersEleanor Roosevelt: First Lady, League Leader, Pioneer

By: Renee Davidson
Posted: 03/13/2014

Social justice icon Eleanor Roosevelt was a formative leader of the League of Women Voters.

Understanding Elections: Primaries 101

By: Renee Davidson
Posted: 03/11/2014

Who votes in primaries? And what happens next? Here’s a quick look at primaries to help answer your questions about this pivotal part of our voting system.

League of Women Voters Voter Registration ButtonsOhio is at it Again, Restricting Popular Voting Methods Ahead of a Major Election

By: Carrie Davis, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio
Posted: 03/06/2014

In the last two weeks, four anti-voter provisions became law in Ohio. Read our guest blog from the League of Women Voters of Ohio on these election changes and how they're keeping voters informed.

LWVFL President, Deirdre Mcnabat at a local press conferenceFlorida Citizens Team up With Business to Expand Health Care: Emphasizing the Fiscal Imperative

By: Deirdre Macnab, state president, League of Women Voters of Florida
Posted: 03/04/2014

Deirdre Mcnab, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, guest blogs on their advocacy work to get Florida to expand the Medicaid program through the Affordable Care Act.

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