Ninety years ago, the League of Women Voters was founded; six months before the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women, finally, on August 26, 1920, the Constitutional right to vote. Today we are a grassroots organization with 850 Leagues throughout all 50 states. The League of Women Voters of Oxford has been an institution in our community for 57 years, working on such issues as voter education, affordable housing, improved health care, environmental protection and legislative redistricting.
The League is strictly non-partisan, but we have always been political, advocating to affect change on national and local levels. The League continues to do what it has been trusted to do for more than 90 years: discuss the important issues, ask the difficult questions and demand accountability from government. Our members join the League because they know that whatever happens to our democracy over the next 90 years, it should be up to us, the people. The League of Women Voters is the organization where hands-on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement. This year, the 90th anniversary of both the founding of the League and the ratification of the 19th Amendment, we hope you will join us in our work. We also invite the community to join our celebration of our history at 5 p.m. August 26 with a reading on the steps of the Municipal Building of the Mayor’s proclamation of Women’s Equality Day in Oxford. More information about the League is on our website, www. oxford.oh.lwvnet.org, as well as our Facebook page.