Press Release, January 17, 2020

Collier County League of Women Voters

Celebrating 100 Years of Suffrage

To Celebrate 100 Years of Votes for Women  we are hosting a gala event on February 20, 2020 at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club, 5:30-8:30 p.m. All are welcome to come and celebrate this historic milestone, along with the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters.

Imagine a time…

When a married woman did not have the legal right to own property, enter into contracts, sign legal documents, or control what happens to her wages or her children…

When women who dare to speak in public are ridiculed, reviled, threatened, even attacked…

When women are not allowed to vote!

(Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship that Changed the World by Penny Colman, 2011)

Special guest speaker will be former 5-term Congresswoman, Claudine Schneider, the first woman elected to the U.S. House from her home state of Rhode Island. She is a strong advocate for women’s and environmental issues. Since leaving office, she has continued working on environmental protection and Climate Change

It’s hard to believe that 100 years ago women didn’t have the rights and freedoms of today. The fight for women’s right to vote was long, contentious, and arduous until the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution on August 18,1920.

Carrie Chapman Catt was a leader in the movement. She led the effort to convince the state legislature in Tennessee to be the essential 36th state to ratify the amendment. Recognizing the importance of educating women about the election process and topics of the day, Ms. Catt founded the League of Women Voters in February 1920. A re-enactment of our founder addressing her followers will be delivered by a local performer.

The Collier County League of Women Voters works on registering voters, running candidate forums open to the public, and publishing Voter Guides. We study issues of importance to the community and advocate for action. Established as a nonpartisan (does not support or oppose any political party or candidate) organization, the mission at its founding, as now, is to “encourage informed and active participation in government.”

We’ve advocated for smart growth particularly in eastern Collier, as well as for reasonable guidelines on fertilizer usage; we have been instrumental in obtaining a government grant to study sea level rise in Collier County. We have advocated for accountability in public education, for improvements in juvenile justice, for increased availability of mental health services, and for maintaining home rule at the local level.

We invite you to join us to celebrate the ratification of the 19th amendment and the history of the League of Women Voters! Go to www.lwvcollier.org to learn more.

Press Contact: Joanne Grady Huskey, 301-325-4257, joa[email protected]