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Monday, August 31, 2015
  • Thursday, August 27, 2015 4:00 AM

    Yesterday marked the 95th Anniversary of ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. This achievement on August 26, 1920 was a result of a 72-year effort by visionary and courageous women who lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied and organized demonstrations in support of suffrage for women.

    The fight for woman suffrage had its roots in the 1848 “Declaration of Sentiments” drawn up at the first women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, New York. Early suffrage leaders – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Myra Bradwell, Zerelda Wallace (stepmother of Lew Wallace) and many more – worked tirelessly for women’s suffrage during the latter half of 19th century. Dr. Mary Holloway Wilhite of Crawfordsville chaired the organizing committee for Woman’s Suffrage Association of Montgomery County.

     
  • Wednesday, August 19, 2015 11:14 PM

    The United States has approximately 75,000 dams. Some are small, and some are huge. Many of these date back to the nineteenth century, when water provided a significant portion of the nation's power. Others have been built more recently.

    The League of Women's Voter's “Green Issues Summer Movie Series” sponsored an August 12 showing of "DamNation", a film that asks us to consider whether all of these dams are still necessary. “DamNation” won twenty film awards in 2014- 2015, including the Environmental Film Festival in the Washington DC “2014 Environmental Advocacy Award” and the International Wildlife Film Festival “2014 Best Conservation Film.”

    Dams have been built for many reasons, including hydropower, flood control, irrigation, and transportation. River barges that can't negotiate rapids can go up and down the river via locks. Without water control the population of the West could not be as high as it is today. 

     
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2015 9:19 PM

    August, 2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965.

    “The Voting Rights Act is one of the most significant pieces of legislation in American history,” Elizabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the United States, said. “The Voting Rights Act ensures the right to vote of every eligible American regardless of race, ethnicity or language and protects against election laws and practices that have disparate impact on groups of voters, whether state and local officials intended that impact or not.”

    But two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned key provisions of the Voting Rights Act – Sections 4 and 5 – which created criteria for requiring federal oversight of states and localities based on patterns of discriminatory practices. States that had once been covered by that provision were free from oversight by the U.S. Department of Justice. 

     
  • Wednesday, August 05, 2015 10:34 PM

    Today is the 198th Anniversary of the birth of Zerelda G. Wallace, step-mother of Lew Wallace. The League of Women Voters and General Lew Wallace Study and Museum invite the public to a special celebration of Zerelda’s birthday followed by the showing of IRON JAWED ANGELS tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Korb Classroom of the Wabash College Fine Arts Center on South Grant Street.

    Born August 6, 1817, Zerelda Gray Sanders was the oldest of five daughters of Dr. John Sanders and Polly Gray Sanders. Growing up in Kentucky and Indianapolis, she benefited from her father’s belief that girls should receive the same education as boys. He encouraged Zerelda to read his books and included her in conversations with his friends.

     
  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:27 PM

    The Principles of the League of Women Voters are “concepts of government” to which the League at all levels subscribes. They result from principles supported and positions taken by the League as a whole in fields of government to which the LWV has given sustained attention. They serve as authorization for adoption of national, state and local program and a basis for taking action at the national, state and local levels.

    The League of Women Voters believes in representative government and in the individual liberties as established in the Constitution of the United States. The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that all powers of the U.S. government should be exercised within the constitutional framework of a balance among the three branches of government: legislative, executive and judicial.

     
  • Wednesday, July 22, 2015 11:33 PM

    2015 marks the 95th Anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment granting American women the right to vote. Throughout the year, the League of W omen Voters is celebrating various highlights of this anniversary.

    The campaign for giving women in America the right to vote began at First Women’s Rights Convention which convened on August 19, 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York. The women who organized this significant event started the effort that would take 72 years before final ratification.

    The LWV of Indiana sponsored a “Go See Seneca Falls” trip July 9 through 12 to visit key locations in this long effort. Sue Fain and Gail Pebworth represented Montgomery County LWV on this trip. The two early major leaders of women’s rights were Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. These two with very different backgrounds had complementary skills and together built a strong national suffrage movement. 

     
  • Wednesday, July 15, 2015 9:10 PM

    The League of Women Voters invites all residents to drop by the LWV Booth at the Montgomery County Fair July 18 through 23.

    Information will be available about voting, voter registration and contacting governmental officials. Free Copies of FOCUS on Montgomery County and the 2015 Government Directory will be available.

    The League believes government can work IF citizens are informed and involved.

    BE INFORMED by getting the facts, listen to different opinions, engage in civil discourse, communicate with elected officials and be aware of political party protectionism.

    BE INVOLVED by voting! Are you eligible to vote? Applications to register to vote will be available at the LWV booth. You can register to vote in Indiana if you are a United States citizen, will be 18 years old by the time of the general election and a resident of your precinct in Indiana for at least 30 days prior to the election.

     
  • Wednesday, July 08, 2015 9:23 PM

    Those who attended the first film of this summer's Green Issues movies series “Chasing Ice” enjoyed stunningly beautiful photos of ice from some of the world's most remote and forbidding locations.

    The film documents the efforts of the Extreme Ice Survey, led by James Balog, which photographed glaciers in Iceland, Greenland, and Alaska on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Chasing Ice received the 2014 News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Nature Programming and has been screened in more than 172 countries and on all seven continents.

     
  • Wednesday, July 01, 2015 7:43 PM

    Independence Day 2015 marks 49 years since the landmark Freedom of Information Act went into effect – yet Americans are still distrustful of government.

    The Freedom of Information Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 4, 1966. This legislation gives citizens the right to request and obtain documents from any agency of the Executive Branch of the United States Government except those that are exempted by statute such as classified documents.

     
  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 8:42 PM

    Tuesday marked the 43rd Anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the law that opened up many opportunities for women in the classroom, sports and more. The National Women’s History Projects notes “Title IX of the Education Amendments for the 1972, signed by President Nixon, is one of the most important legislative initiatives passed for women and girls since women won the vote in 1920.”

     

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