Women Power the Vote
A Look at Our 100th Birthday on February 14, 2020
One hundred years ago, women didn’t have representation in government. With the ratification of the 19th Amendment, women and their allies won the biggest growth in our democracy in the last 100 years. We celebrate this great accomplishment by standing in our power, but at the same time, we acknowledge that the 19th Amendment did not break down voting barriers for all women. Even today, our work is not done.
Many Americans still don’t have their voices heard in choosing our representatives. Politicians have robbed voters of their power by manipulating access to the polls and gerrymandering districts at all levels of government. As the 2020 decennial census approaches, the prospect of an inaccurate or incomplete count threatens to deprive even more people of their rightful share in American democracy.
Women have played a fundamental role in shaping an inclusive and active electorate. Women have powered -- and continue to power -- the vote. For the 100th birthday of the League of Women Voters, we are using the theme: Women Power the Vote.