What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?
Representative Esch participated via speaker phone (LWV was high tech even then) because he was in Washington working on the energy bill that was passed that year (remember the gasoline shortages of 1973?).
He said that his priorities for the upcoming session of Congress included pension reform, tax reform, housing, education, restructuring Congress, and campaign financing reform. Those are still topics facing our government today.
The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.
Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.
President - Joan Sampieri
Vice President - Donna Crudder
Treasurer - Betty Bishop
Secretary - Sue Smereck
Advocacy - Carolyn Madden
Communications - Susan Wooley
Development - Diana Neering
Membership - Barbara Brown
Program - Roxane Chan
Voter Service - Geoff Smereck
Brighton-Howell Unit - Ellen Lafferty
Tecumseh Unit - Jan Salsberry
2020 NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
Our members are also members of
"The League of Women Voters is not to dissolve any present organization but to unite all existing organizations of women who believe in its principles. It is not to lure women from partisanship but to combine them in an effort for legislation which will protect coming movements, which we cannot even foretell, from suffering the untoward conditions which have hindered for so long the coming of equal suffrage. Are the women of the United States big enough to see their opportunity?"Maud Wood Park became the first national president of the League and thus the first League leader to rise to the challenge. She had steered the women's suffrage amendment through Congress in the last two years before ratification and liked nothing better than legislative work. From the very beginning, however, it was apparent that the legislative goals of the League were not exclusively focused on women's issues and that citizen education aimed at all of the electorate was in order. Since its inception, the League has helped millions of women and men become informed participants in government. In fact, the first league convention voted 69 separate items as statements of principle and recommendations for legislation. Among them were protection for women and children, right of working women, food supply and demand, social hygiene, the legal status of women, and American citizenship.The League's first major national legislative success was the passage of the Sheppard-Towner 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. Due at least in part to League efforts, legislation passed in 1938 and 1940 removed hundreds of federal jobs from the spoils system and placed them under Civil Service. 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.