The League of Women Voters is Founded (Great Events from History II: Human Rights Series)
Article abstract: The League of Women Voters formed to carry on the struggle of the suffragists by educating and organizing voting women into an effective, nonpartisan political force.
Summary of Event
The last meeting of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) was held at Chicago’s La Salle Hotel in February, 1920. Called the Victory Convention, in anticipation of the final ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment giving the women of the United States the vote, the meeting marked the birth of the League of Women Voters, an organization charged to “finish the fight” of the suffragist movement by educating and organizing the twenty million new voters into a formidable political force.
The fight the league hoped to finish had formally begun more than seventy years before, in 1848, when a group of determined women and men met in Seneca Falls, New York. The group drafted a Declaration of Sentiments listing women’s grievances against men and laying out a series of eleven resolutions, all of which passed unanimously except one. The ninth, demanding the vote for women, seemed to many of the delegates to ask too much and passed by only a narrow margin.
One of the most influential leaders of the early women’s suffrage movement, Susan B. Anthony, was herself skeptical at first of the need for women to vote, concentrating instead on crusades against alcohol and for property rights...
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