February 13, 2020 - Issue: Vol. 166, No. 30 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 2nd Session
CELEBRATING THE 100TH BIRTHDAY OF THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS; Congressional Record Vol. 166, No. 30
(Extensions of Remarks - February 13, 2020)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E184] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] CELEBRATING THE 100TH BIRTHDAY OF THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ______ HON. JANICE D. SCHAKOWSKY of illinois in the house of representatives Thursday, February 13, 2020 Ms. SCHAKOWSKY. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize and celebrate the 100th birthday of the League of Women Voters. For the past century, this non-partisan, women-led civic organization has worked diligently to promote citizens' active participation in our democracy by educating and informing the public about their government. I am proud to recount that on February 14, 1920, shortly before the ratification of the 19th Amendment granted women their long sought- after right to vote, the National League of Women Voters was organized at the national convention held in Chicago, Illinois. The League merged the National Council of Women Voters and the National American Woman Suffrage Association, establishing one umbrella organization to encourage and assist women to exercise their newly-established right to vote. The organization considers Carrie Chapman Catt its founder, and Maud Wood Park served as the League's first President. While the League's mission was initially focused upon engaging with and promoting the participation of women in our republic, the organization's scope has dramatically expanded over the years. Today, the League is hard at work expanding civic participation and promoting good government. The organization is heavily involved in voter registration efforts and sponsors candidate debates and forums across the country each election cycle, providing communities the opportunity to hear from candidates before they head to the ballot box. While the League is non-partisan, the organization is not apolitical. The League of Women Voters has a long history of taking a stand on important issues. The League supported the creation of the United Nations, the passage of the National Voter Registration Act, and regularly stands up for what is fair and just. The organization supports efforts addressing climate change, counteracting gun violence in our communities, establishing humane immigration policies, and ensuring that all Americans have access to affordable health care, among other important issues. In 1973 the League modified its charter and allowed men into its ranks. Today, men and women alike make up its over 500,000 members and supporters at over 700 state and local leagues. The organization is represented in all 50 states as well as Washington, DC, the Virgin Islands, and Hong Kong. On behalf of the residents of the 9th Congressional District of Illinois, I wish a happy 100th birthday to the League of Women Voters. We are grateful for their service to the nation, and I hope the League will continue its efforts for the next century and beyond as they work to educate and promote civic participation.