League of Women Voters to Recognize Women Elected Officials At Annual Women’s Equality Day Celebration

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League of Women Voters to Recognize Women Elected Officials At Annual Women’s Equality Day Celebration

RALEIGH, NC, August 13, 2018 - 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 23rd 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 Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins, former president of the League of Women Voters of the United States. The Governor’s office will present an official proclamation in recognition of Women’s Equality Day.

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, “more progress is needed to include women in politics. While women make up over half of the population in our state, they hold less than 25% of appointed and elected offices in North Carolina.”

The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 by suffragists just six months before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified recognizing women’s right to vote after a 72-year struggle.

The League of Women Voters of Wake County is a grassroots nonpartisan organization dedicated to encouraging citizens’ participation in government and to the understanding of important issues through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters neither endorses nor opposes political parties or candidates. Learn more at www.lwvwake.org.

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Media Contacts:

Marian Lewin

LWV-Wake President

marianlewin@gmail.com

919-219-4263

Dianna Wynn

LWV-Wake Communications Coordinator

diannawynn@gmail.com

919-271-4455