As part of the 90th birthday celebration of the national League of Women Voters, the Larimer County League chapter will host a morning coffee for those interested in learning about the organization. The coffee will be held on Saturday, April 10, from 10 am to noon at Lynn Young’s home, 950 Southridge Greens Blvd., #17, in Fort Collins.
The League of Women Voters (LWV), a nonpartisan political organization that works to improve our system of government and impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy, was an outgrowth of the women’s suffrage movement. In 1920, after a 72 year struggle when passage of the 19th amendment appeared to be imminent, members of the National American Woman Suffrage Association met to form the League of Women Voters, an organization to educate the newly franchised women to use the vote effectively. Many men supported the suffragists in the early days of the fight to pass the 19th Amendment, and men continued to be supportive of the LWV over the years. In 1973, the LWV invited men to join the organization, and their numbers continue to increase.
The non-partisan LWV never supports or opposes candidates or parties, but does take stands on issues. These stands are based on positions that are the result of intensive study, discussion of the pros and cons, and, eventually, member consensus, all at the grassroots level. These positions are the basis for advocacy at the national, state, and local levels.
All are welcome to join the LWV and become part of our respected and effective organization. To RSVP for the April coffee or learn more about the League of Women Voters, call 221-2037 or visit the website lwv-larimercounty.org,