League of Women Voters to Recognize Women Elected Officials at Annual Women's Equality Day Celebration
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RALEIGH, NC, August 14, 2017 - The League of Women Voters of Wake County will celebrate Women’s Equality Day by recognizing women who were elected and currently serve in state and county offices, on city councils within Wake County and in the judiciary. The reception begins at 5:30pm on Thursday, August 24th at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall in Raleigh. The event includes a brief program commemorating the women’s suffrage movement followed by recognition of the elected women in attendance at the event. This year’s keynote speaker is Brenda Rogers who currently serves on the Board of Directors for the League of Women Voters of the United States.
In 1971, Congress declared August 26th Women’s Equality Day to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. The 19th Amendment was first introduced in Congress in 1878 but was not ratified by the necessary three-fourths of the states until 1920. North Carolina, however, did not ratify the 19th Amendment until May 6, 1971, over fifty years after women in the U.S. were granted the right to vote. According to Marian Lewin, LWV-Wake president, there has been a steady increase in the number of women elected to political offices in Wake County since the organization first began hosting its annual Women’s Equality Day reception over twenty years ago. Although, Lewin notes that “there are slightly fewer women in office in Wake County in 2017 compared to 2016.”
The League of Women Voters of Wake County is a grassroots nonpartisan political organization working to encourage active participation in government, increase understanding of major public policy issues and influence public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 by suffragettes just six months before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified giving women the right to vote after a 72-year struggle. The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose political parties or candidates for office. Learn more at www.lwvwake.org.
Dianna Wynn, Communications Coordinator
League of Women Voters of Wake County