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Celebrating 90 years of stronger Democracy

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Today marks the 90th 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 that matter most to our communities.

"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 90 years in expanding and protecting voting rights," said national League president Elisabeth MacNamara. "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," MacNamara 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 Greencastle believes that the hands-on work of an engaged citizenry can and does lead to civic improvement at all levels of government," says Indy New, our Greencastle president. "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 Greencastle has worked since 1957 to safeguard democracy through expanded civic engagement," New 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?"

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 Greencastle visit our Web site Greencastle IN League of Women Voters, or e-mail annknewton@cinergymetro.net or our national office www.lwv.org.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, 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.