LWV of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Area Marks Women’s Equality Day, Anniversary of the 19th Amendment
By Jane Partridge, Co-President of the League of Women Voters – Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Area
August 26 marks the 93nd anniversary of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. This year, the League of Women Voters of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Area honors Women’s Equality Day through a continued focus on protecting the voting rights of all eligible voters.
“Now is a critical time to do all we can for voters. Earlier this summer, a key part of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), known as Section 4, was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court,” said local League president Jane Partridge. “The damage to the VRA can and must be fixed – Congress has the power to act swiftly to restore the effectiveness of the Voting Rights Act,” said Partridge. “The League needs your help in calling on Congress to repair and restore the VRA.”
“The anti-voter laws that are cropping up around the country in the wake of the Supreme Court decision will negatively impact all voters— young and old, rich and poor alike. As members of the League of Women Voters of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Area, we are working to make our democracy strong through voter registration drives and educational forums—and this Women’s Equality Day by thanking Congress for starting the process to fix the VRA and encouraging them to repair and restore it quickly,” Partridge said.
“Our foremothers understood that voting provides citizens the ability to have an impact on the critical issues facing their communities,” Partridge concluded. “Women’s Equality Day is the perfect time to celebrate and protect that right.”
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