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August 26, 2009 > 89 Years of Democracy

89 Years of Democracy

Submitted By John R. Smith

August 26 marks the 89th anniversary of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. The nonpartisan League of Women Voters, founded the same year women achieved this right, celebrates Women's Equality Day by remembering this historic achievement, and looking forward to greater civic participation and healthy debate on the issues.

"On this Women's Equality Day, we take time to recognize not only the historic 19th Amendment, but the tremendous progress we've made over the last 89 years in expanding and protecting voting rights," said national League president Mary G. Wilson. "Generation after generation, the work of League of Women Voter members across the country is a testament to the incredible legacy of the 19th Amendment."

"But our work is not done," Wilson continued. "As we face new and even greater challenges as a nation, the League will continue to support smart, active, local leaders who are dedicated to safeguarding democracy. These leaders are in your communities, engaging elected officials as we work together to find viable solutions."

"The League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark and Union City believes that the hands-on work of an engaged citizenry can and does lead to civic improvement at all levels of government," says Alex Starr, President-LWVFNUC. "Women's Equality Day is a celebration of such a basic part of our democratic process - the right to vote - and the opportunities to channel that power into real, lasting change, starting at the grassroots level."

"The League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark and Union City has worked for over 50 years to safeguard democracy through expanded civic engagement." Ms. Starr said. "As a League member, you have the opportunity to have a profound, direct and positive impact on the issues that matter most to our community, and what better day than the anniversary of the 19th Amendment to get involved?"

A nonpartisan political organization, the League of Women Voters encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy thorough education and advocacy. Membership is open to men and women of all ages. With 850 affiliates across the county, the League is one of the nation's most trusted organizations.

For information on Women's Equality Day and other upcoming events, or to learn how to become a member of the League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark and Union City, visit

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