Celebrates League of Women Voters

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 14, 2014 

Hearts and flowers abound on Feb. 14, but citizens have another reason to celebrate. On that day in 1920 Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters, just six months before the 19th Amendment was ratified giving women the right to vote.

The league began as a "mighty political experiment" designed to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters. Then as now it encourages all of us to use our voting power to participate in public policy. Grassroots, non-partisan -- the league believes all citizens should play a critical role in public advocacy. The league believes all citizens should have the right to vote.

In our own community the league has brought us scrupulously non-partisan elections forums and highly thoughtful programs on health care, gun responsibility, education, immigration reform, judicial elections and more.

So while we are celebrating "love," let's not forget the monumental transformation in our nation in 1920 that brought women into the voting process and gave birth to an organization that educates and advocates for all of us.

Happy birthday, League of Women Voters.

Jayne Freudenberger

Bellingham

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