Ninety years ago, Carrie Chapman Catt first proposed a League of Women Voters to "finish the fight" and work to end all discrimination against women.
The League of Women Voters was founded on Valentine's Day in 1920, six months before the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
Today, the league is a grassroots organization with 850 leagues throughout all 50 states. Although the league is known widely for voter education efforts, the league addresses a wide range of community and national concerns.
League of Women Voters Brainerd Lakes Area has been active for 13 years, working on issues and presenting programs in areas such as the environment, especially the concerns of a lake area, health care, poverty, school finance, immigration, role of the media and, presently, the 2010 Census and redistricting, a League of Women Voters of Minnesota study.
The league is strictly non-partisan, but has always been political, educating and advocating to effect change at the national and local level.
For more information on the MNLWV or the LWV Brainerd Lakes Area, use the Web sites at www.lwvmn.org/ or www.lwvbrainerdlakesarea.org.
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