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‘Forgotten Heroes: Women and Their Fight for the Right to Vote’

In anticipation of their 99th anniversary, the League of Women Voters of Bucks County (LWVBC) Speakers’ Bureau Committee has developed a program on the history of the League and the fight for women’s suffrage.

The League will present “Forgotten Heroes: Women and Their Fight for the Right to Vote” on Tuesday, March 5th at 10:00am, at the Warrington Township Building, 852 Easton Road in Warrington.

February 14th, 2019 marks the 99th anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS), six months before the 99th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. The League worked vigorously in the months between the amendment’s ratification and the presidential election of 1920 to register women to vote.

“Forgotten Heroes” takes the audience on the long 72-year-old fight for women’s suffrage, beginning at the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York.

League member and program developer Sandy Kerr notes that, “the women’s suffrage journey wasn’t just a political fight” but also about changing cultural and social norms.

There was a great fear of women entering the public sphere.
The League’s efforts to register women to vote encountered these tensions as well as efforts to suppress women’s votes.

While helping to educate women about their new responsibilities as voters, the League learned that all voters needed to be better educated about voting.

The national League and the 700+ state and local leagues have continued this mission of empowering voters and defending democracy into the 21st century.

The League of Women Voters is non-partisan and works to educate all voters.

Members reach out to the public with information and assistance on registering to vote, provide candidate information and forums to help voters make informed choices, and study and develop positions on important issues.

Information about “Forgotten Heroes: Women and Their Fight for the Right to Vote” as well as other activities of the League of Women Voters of Bucks County is available at www.lwvbucks.org. A curriculum for children on the 19th Amendment will also be made available upon request.

The program is free and open to the public.

If the weather is questionable on March 5th, please check the Central Bucks School district website, www.cbsd.org.

If school is delayed or closed, the program will be re-scheduled to the same location on March 12th at 10:00am.