The League of Women Voters of Falls Church joined leagues across the country last Thursday in celebration of Women’s Equality Day and the 90th anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.
This year also marked the 90th anniversary of the League of Women Voters of the United States, as well as the 60th anniversary of the League of Women Voters of Falls Church. “We’re proud to be part of this organization’s strong efforts to educate voters and promote voting rights,” said Ellen Salsbury, president of the F.C. league, in a press release last week.
For many years, the local group has created voters’ guides and hosted candidate forums to help local voters learn more about the candidates. It has also sponsored educational programs to help senior citizens and recent immigrants learn how to use voting machines. It has sponsored forums on key local issues, and a program to highlight the history of the suffragists who were imprisoned at the Occoquan Workhouse in their campaign to win the right of women to vote.
For more information on the Falls Church League of Women Voters, visit lwvfallschurch.org.