In 1919, suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt proposed the creation of a league of women voters.

The next year, on February 14, 1920 – six months before the 19th amendment to the Constitution was ratified – her idea was carried out and the national League of Women Voters was organized in Chicago.

From the very beginning, it was apparent that the legislative goals of the League were focused on all of the electorate. Since its inception, the League has helped millions of women and men become informed participants in government.

Some of the initial recommendations for legislation included laws for the protection for women and children, for the rights of working women, laws ensuring food supply, social hygiene, and the legal status of women, and  laws concerning American citizenship.The League’s first major national legislative success was an act providing federal aid for maternal and child care programs.  In the 1930’s, League members worked successfully for enactment of the Social Security and Food and Drug Acts.

During the postwar period, the League helped lead the effort to establish the United Nations and to ensure U.S. Participation. The League was one of the first organizations in the country officially recognized by the United Nations as a non-governmental organization; it still maintains official observer status today.

Glencoe women established a  chapter in 1941.  The Glencoe League registers new voters, informs citizens about their local government and holds debates and legislative forums.

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The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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Quote of the Month – October 2015

published by Alice Duer Miller, 1915 Why We Oppose Votes For Men 1) Because man's place is in the army 2) Because no really manly man wants to settle any question otherwise than by fighting about it 3) Because men will lose their charm if they stop out of their natural sphere and interest themselves in other matters than feats of arms, uniforms and drums. 4) Because men are too emotional to vote. Their conduct at baseball games and political conventions shows this, while their innate tendency to appeal to force renders them particularly unfit for the task of government.

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