Making Democracy Work

Make Democracy Work!

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

YOUR VOICE AND YOUR VOTE DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

"If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito."

--Attributed to the Dalai Lama XIV

Program Planning Meeting

Twenty-two members and guests took advantage Saturday, January 23rd, of the best opportunity to understand what League stands for -- is REALLY all about -- by partcipating in our Program Planning meeting held at the Multicultural Arts Center. Nine presenters gave us timely and interesting background information about our local and national positions: Merced County Library; Financial Operations of Merced City and County; Merced County Planning; Merced City Planning; International Relations; Natural Resources/Water and Environmental Protection, Pollution Control, Air Quality & Water; Representative Government/Voting Rights & Campaign Finance Reform-Money In Politics; Social Policy/Health Care.

This is always one of our most lively discussions covering the impressive number of local and national issues that can be addressed by our League because these positions have been adopted by League members after extensive and thorough study and consensus. A great opportunity that allows members -- newly joined and long time -- to share their perspectives on several positions.

Happy 95th Birthday to the 19th Amendment!

The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, turned 95 August 18th--and it still stands as a shining moment in America's ongoing journey to meet the ideals of our country's founding.

The League of Women Voters was born in the fight for the 19th Amendment's ratification. In celebration of its 95th birthday, LWVUS shared some vintage pictures of ordinary women who led the fight for its ratification. Here are a couple to illustrate League's long standing commitment of voting rights for all our citizens. Hope you enjoy these memories!