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League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Hudson was established in 1938 as a local chapter of the U.S. League of Women Voters. Our first President and founder was Helen Haldy Kitzmiller (pictured), 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 first League was formally organized in Chicago as the national League of Women Voters on February 14, 1920, six months before the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote was ratified.

In 1919, Carrie Chapman Catt, the President of the National American Woman Suffrage Association's (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 is a non-partisan organization that does not support political parties or candidates.

The League now has 400,000 members and has leagues in all fifty states. In the past few years there has been an increase in the number of leagues and membership is up 20 percent.

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