In 2020, the League of Women Voters celebrates its centennial. Join us to recognize our past struggles, celebrate our many successes and continue our outreach!
The League of Women Voters of Johnson County invites you to join us in celebrating this centennial on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at Yardley Hall, Johnson County Community College starting at 2 p.m.
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Our featured speaker will be Rosie Rios. Ms. Rios was the 43rd Treasurer of the United States. (You’ll likely have paper money with her signature on it.) Rios is currently leading Empowerment 2020, a movement that focuses on the recognition of historic American women, It provides a collective voice advocating for women in senior leadership positions and investment programs for both women and girls.
Tickets for this 100th birthday event are now available at the Johnson County Community College Box Office Website. Tickets may also be purchased at the JCCC Box Office: phone 913-469-4445.
We want to recognize the women that risked so much to gain the vote for us. We stand on their shoulders as we continue to make democracy work. Therefore, this event will set the stage for vibrant growth over the next century. We will inspire a new generation of leaders with a passion for active participation in government.
Your donations to this once-in-a-lifetime event are greatly appreciated. Click the Donate button to show your support with a donation of any amount. (Contributions to LWVJoCo’s centennial celebration of the LWV are not tax-deductible.)
Any credit or debit card can be used via our secure PayPal account. You do not need a PayPal account.
Or donate by mail:
Please make your check payable to “LWVJoCo-2020” and mail to P.O. Box 13491, Overland Park, KS 66282.
You can also support our event by purchasing and proudly wearing one of our fundraising ‘VOTE’ pins. These pins will be available at our general meetings.
A Brief History of the League
The League of Women Voters is a citizen organization that has fought since 1920 to improve our government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives. LWV came into existence in February 1920, just before the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. An impressive description of the complex history of the women’s suffrage movement is available in this New York Times article.
The League is dedicated to assuring all citizens can participate in our democracy, that government is open and transparent, and our political system serves the needs of the people and not special interests. The history of the League is truly monumental and is especially meaningful as we actively work on creating a more perfect democracy, tackling the significant issues that affect our country.
The state of Kansas played an interesting role in the suffrage movement. Check out our interesting early Kansas history.
To view a re-enactment by young suffragists, watch this HBO film ‘Iron Jawed Angels’ on YouTube.
More history of the League of Women Voters in Johnson County can be reviewed here. The many accomplishments of our local League is impressive. From our first study, “A Study of Urban Township Government,” in 1953 to our more recent support of building a new courthouse, we have covered a lot of territory to encourage citizens to get involved in our local government.
For questions, please contact us.