LWV of Albany has organized a discussion of the 19th Amendment and the challenges that lie ahead in voting rights, with some of the most accomplished women in the New York State legal field. Guest speakers include:
- Hon. Leslie E. Stein '81, Associate Judge, New York Court of Appeals
- Hon. Christina L. Ryba '01, Justice, Supreme Court of New York
- Prof. Mary A. Lynch, Kate Stoneman Chair in Law and Democracy; Director, Domestic Violence Prosecution Hybrid Clinic
- Prof. Ava Ayers, Director, Government Law Center; Assistant Professor
LWV of St. Lawrence MAL Unit was highlighted on the radio show, North Country Matters: Get Out the Vote In 2020. Kathleen Stein, the president of the St. Lawrence County League of Women Voters, returned to the show to discuss a number of issues around Election 2020 with NCM host Donna Seymour. There are three ways to vote this fall: by absentee ballot, in-person during the nine days of early voting (Oct. 24 - Nov.1) or on Election Day, Nov. 3. They went over the process of getting and filling out an absentee vote in detail because many voters are choosing that option due to concerns with Covid-19. They also updated the progress of the 2020 Census count in the county which continues until Oct. 31. (Recorded on Zoom on October 6, 2020)
LWV of New Rochelle's book discussions explore ‘Votes for Women’ and the Long Struggle for the 19th Amendment this fall. The League, funded by a Humanities NY ‘Reading and Discussion’ grant, is sponsoring four virtual “Votes for Women” themed book groups starting this fall. This is one of many ways planned to honor the August 26, 1920 final certification and passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States. The first book is Seneca Falls and the Origin of the Women’s Rights Movement by Sally McMillen and was discussed with facilitation by New Rochelle City Historian Barbara Davis on September 30, 5:00 pm on Zoom. The book traces the events leading to and the decades following the Women’s Rights convention at Seneca Falls in 1848, and its Declaration of Sentiments which demanded women’s rights including the then shocking demand for the right to vote. Three more book discussions will follow on dates to be announced and include African-American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850-1920, by Rosalyn Terborg-Penn; Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life, by Lori D. Ginzberg; and A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot, by Mary Walton.
LWV of Rochester Metro Area was approached by Christina Xydias, Associate Political Science Professor at Bucknell University, to participate in her research on women and politics. Her work focuses on mechanisms for advancing women’s rights and interests. If her proposal is accepted and funded by the National Science Foundation, she intends to conduct two non-partisan workshops about running for office. One workshop would be for girls and the other for mature women. The workshops would be conducted in late 2021 or 2022 when the threat of the Coronavirus has (hopefully) passed. We look forward to working with her on this exciting project!
Hats off to Jennifer Mebes Flagg, board member of LWV of New Castle, Joy Rosenzweig, and Susan Schwarz (also League members) —our local heroes for their work on the Fair Campaign Practices Committee. See great article here:
LWV of Westchester Youth Corps created their first PSA - Voting Plan of Action. Please circulate this link on your websites and social media. GOTV! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v9sabWYAPQ Great job by the future defenders of our democracy!