This year marks a century since the League of Women Voters of the United States was founded. In commemoration, the Charlottesville Area League of Women Voters is presenting an exhibit about its mission to empower voters and defend democracy. It can be viewed during the entire month of March at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library’s Northside Branch.
At the start of 1920, women could not vote, despite a seven-decades campaign for the privilege. By the close of that year, not only had ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution granted women the right to vote, but the League of Women Voters organization was also founded by a key champion of that cause.
Since that time, this nonpartisan, influential organization has helped all voters participate in the election process and shaped public policy through education and advocacy. Its rich history includes work of the local League of Women Voters for the Charlottesville area, which covers the City of Charlottesville and the surrounding counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson.
The League invites the public to visit the exhibit to learn more about its history, current focus areas for education and advocacy, and plans for the future.
With this event, we look forward to continuing the League’s mission. Further event information can be accessed on the organization's website at www.lwv-cva.org.
We greatly appreciate the Northside Library’s management and staff for their support and assistance in making this exhibit possible. The Library is located at 705 West Rio Road in Charlottesville.