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League of Women Voters celebrates 101 years of women's voting rights

 

Last updated 2/2/2021 at 2:48pm



The League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region is celebrating 101 years of the fight to the right for women to vote. To celebrate with the league’s members and community, The League is hosting Love the League, a virtual event on Feb. 14 at 2 p.m.

Love the League is a virtual celebration of the 101st year of the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Since then, the League has been a critical force empowering woman in the fight for equality in our democracy. To explore the legacy of the League of Women Voters, they will have a special guest speaker and former National League of Women Voters Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins will deliver this year’s keynote “When 100 years is not enough what do we do?” Jefferson-Jenkins is challenging us to make democracy work in the 21st century by examining our history and identifying obstacles that remain to be removed.

Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins is educator, activist, advocate, author, historian and a national and international speaker on women’s history, women’s suffrage, elections and African American history. She served as the 15th President of the League of Women Voters of the United States and Chair of the League of Women Voters Education Fund, 1998-2002. A native of Ohio, Jefferson-Jenkins has been a League member since 1982 and is the first and only woman of African American descent to head the organization, established in 1920 in its first 100 years. Prior to being elected President, she served as a member of the national Board of Directors of the League from 1994-2002 and was Second Vice-President, 1996-1998. In the time just before her presidency, Jefferson-Jenkins spent her time in Colorado where she would remain until her term. She is author of “The Untold Story of Women of Color in the League of Women Voters,” which honors the contributions of women of color in the suffrage movement and its legacy organization, the League of Women Voters.

For 101 years, the League has fostered an informed electorate through candidate forums, policy studies and voter information resources. With a commitment to nonpartisanship, never supporting or opposing political parties, the League has fought for pro-democracy measures like election protection, democratic reforms, equal access to the ballot and other vital issues. To register for Love the League or to make a donation in the honor of our 101st year please visit our website http://www.lwvppr.org/.

League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region is a non-partisan non-profit organization empowering voters and defending democracy.

 

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