CENTREVILLE — The League of Women Voters turns 100 years old on Feb. 14, 2020, and to celebrate, local and state Leagues around the country are commemorating this anniversary with a nationwide day of recognition called “Women Power the Vote.”

“The League was founded by suffrage leaders 100 years ago to help American women exercise their new right to vote,” said Patricia Jamison, president of the Queen Anne’s County League. “So, today we’re celebrating by joining Leagues across the country in recognizing the power of women to achieve a more perfect democracy.”

“Women Power the Vote” celebrates the League’s 100-year milestone by bringing together Leagues in over 750 communities across the country with one unified day of commemoration.

“For 100 years, Leagues have registered voters, informed their communities on the issues, advocated in their legislatures, and helped shape their communities and this country,” said Chris Carson, president of the board of the League of Women Voters of the United States. “We only saw it fitting that we should celebrate this milestone with a coordinated day of the kind of grassroots activism our members and supporters have embraced for an entire century.”

On Feb. 11, the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners joined the Queen Anne’s County League and Leagues around the country in recognizing the work of the League of Women Voters by issuing the following Proclamation:

“Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the League of Women Voters of the United States

“Whereas, the League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 as a “mighty political experiment” by the foremothers of the suffragist movement at the National American Woman Suffrage Association, and;

“Whereas, their goal was to help the 20 million women who were granted the right to vote by the 19th Amendment understand and carry out their new responsibility as voters, and;

“Whereas, with the success of this effort and the tireless efforts over the last 100 years to strengthen and uphold its mission to empower voters and defend democracy, the League has become a trusted nonpartisan grassroots organization, and in furtherance of its mission, supported the establishment of the Queen Anne’s County League in 2003, and;

“Whereas, the League has sponsored legislation and fought in the courts to protect and strengthen voting rights and access, and for free and fair elections, civil rights, children, community health, and education, and;

“Whereas, the League has consistently been noted for its nonpartisan election information, including sponsorship of candidate forums and information on state and local ballot issues, as well as its commitment to register, educate, and mobilize voters, and;

“Whereas, the League champions government systems that are open, transparent, inclusive, and equitable, and;

“Whereas, the League believes that active and engaged citizens, irrespective of gender, ethnicity, or political affiliation, are the hallmark of democracy;

“Now therefore be it proclaimed February 14 as Women’s Voting Rights Day.

We honor and congratulate the League of Women Voters on its 100th Anniversary and commend the League for its significant contributions to empowering voters and making democracy work.”

“We’re celebrating our history by taking action for our future,” said Jamison. “Our founders achieved the impossible by getting the 19th Amendment passed 100 years ago, so today we honor their fight by continuing to push our democracy forward so that every voter can play a critical role in shaping our country.”

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