"The true republic: men, their rights, and
                     nothing more:
     women, their rights and nothing less."

                                Susan B. Anthony



100 years ago, on June 4, Congress passed the 19th Amendment – also known as the Susan B. Anthony amendment - which was ratified by the states in 1920. The Amendment stated that the right to vote should not be denied on the basis of sex. We’ve come a long way since then!

Six months prior, on February 14, 1920, the League was formally organized in Chicago as the National League of Women Voters. Maud Wood Park was the first national president of the League. This was the beginning of the League of Women Voters when it was decided not to disband all of the groups who got the women the vote. It was felt that women needed to educate themselves so that they would be informed voters. The League’s structure at that time was a federation of affiliated state leagues.

The Depression of the 1930’s and the onset of World War II brought far-reaching change to the League. Perhaps the most important change was that, because of gas rationing, League members began meeting in small groups in their neighborhoods to discuss fundamental issues. These issues included the threat to democracy itself and the importance of the informed individual to the success of democracy. Grassroots activity thus was firmly institutionalized as a way of assessing concerns, studying and strategizing.

Source: The League through the Decades from the National League of Women Voters



 
                    The League of Women Voters of Brown County is a 
nonpartisan 
                    cadre of local 
women and men 
committed to education and the
                     improvement of 
Brown County, 
State and National government 

Everyone is welcome to participate 


Meetings of the Board of Directors are held at 10:00 am, 

                                  the second Monday of every month, 

in the lower level 

                                              of the Brown County Public Library

                            The public, and all League members, are invited to attend



PO Box 74, Nashville, IN 47448 / browncountylwv@gmail.com