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The League of Women Voters of Hudson (LWVH) was established in 1938 as a local chapter of the League of Women Voters of the United States. The first president and founder of LWVH was Helen Haldy Kitzmiller, the Special Assistant to the Headmaster at Western Reserve Academy for 30 years. She had attended a League meeting in Columbus a few months earlier and was so impressed she decided to start a league in Hudson.
The League of Women Voters of the United States was formally organized on February 14, 1920, six months before the 19th amendment was ratified, giving women the right to vote.
In 1919, Carrie Chapman Catt, the President of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) proposed the creation of a "league of women voters to finish the fight and aid in the reconstruction of the nation." She also said that a nonpartisan civic organization could provide the education and experience the public needed to assure the success of democracy.
Today, the League of Women Voters has over 500,000 members and supporters and over 700 state and local leagues. Members work year-round to register new voters, host community forums and debates, and provide voters with election information.
Stories and News for Who We Are
A pandemic nearly derailed the women's suffrage movement
Women overcame influenza, social distancing, and political bias to win the right to vote.
When the influenza pandemic hit, many doctors were serving in World War I so nurses and volunteers stepped in, including these women at the Red Cross Emergency Ambulance Station in Washington, D.C.
PHOTOGRAPH BY UNIVERSAL HISTORY ARCHI
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Hudson, Ohio 44236
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