What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?
The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.
Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.
LWV/Kittitas Valley: http://www.lwvwa.org/kittitas/index.html Ellensburg
LWV/Spokane Area: League of Women Voters of the Spokane Area 2404 N. Howard St Spokane, WA 9920 http://www.lwvspokane.org/
Women were unable to vote for delegates to the State Constitutional Convention in 1889. Woman suffrage was submitted to the voters as a separate amendment to ratification of the constitution. It failed again in an 1897 vote.
In 1895 the first convention of Washington State's Equal Suffrage Association was held. With differing styles, the persistent Emma Smith DeVote and the direct and indomitable May Akwright Hutton worked for the common cause of women's suffrage in Washington State. By 1907, the Washington Equal Suffrage Association had several thousand members, and in November 1910 the amendment to the State Constitution allowing women to vote carried by nearly two to one. This made Washington the fifth state to give women the right to vote -- nine years before the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution extended the vote to all the nation's women.
The League of Women Voters of the United States was first projected at the Jubilee Convention of the National American Women Suffrage Association in 1919. The League of Women Voters of Washington was organized the next year. Seattle and Tacoma were the first two local Leagues in the state. In the early days the LWVWA supported state legislation pertaining to protection of children in fields of labor, health, and education.