Suddenly, it seems like women are everywhere: Demonstrating power and influence, demanding to have their voices heard, practicing civil disobedience, exposing sexual predators, and running for office in record numbers. For some, these actions are newsworthy. In fact, numerous pundits have declared 2018 as the “Year of the Woman.”
If you are a League member, this is not news. You know that women have been running for office in the United States for more than 100 years and voting for nearly a century. You might be aware that the founders of the League were arrested as they sought the right to vote. You know that the voices of women and their supporters are too powerful, too influential, and too ubiquitous to be contained.
How should we, as League members, position ourselves to capitalize on the “Year of the Woman” during a closely vetted election cycle? The 2018 media focus on women and voting presents tremendous opportunity for LWV-LF/LB. We are uniquely poised to educate voters and members of all genders. As an established organization with tremendous nonpartisan credibility, we have the capability to create dynamic programming featuring a diverse group of politicians and speakers. In the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff area alone, we have nearly a century of advocacy experience.
As this comes to a close, I urge you to take advantage of our current visibility, promote LWV-LF/LB, and bring a friend, spouse, teen, or relative to one of our many League events.
The fact that we have many action foci—ranging from climate change to health care, from voting rights to gun violence—ensures that there will be a League program or event that is suitable for nearly everyone you know.
As we look forward to the busy holiday season, I hope you will join me at one of our many events as we come together to defend democracy.
In spiritus festivus,
Laurie Rose, President
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