In 2020 the League of Women Voters (LWV) celebrates its 100th anniversary and Maryland joins more than 700 other local and state chapters to celebrate this historic milestone. On March 4, 2020 the LWV of Maryland was honored in both chambers of the Maryland General Assembly with a proclamation celebrating the tireless advocacy of its members, and commitment to nonpartisan voter education.
As we look to a vibrant future on the threshold of our next 100 years, the League is excited that dedicated members across Maryland continue to steadily attract significant numbers of activists who share the League’s commitment to Making Democracy Work.
The League of Women Voters of Maryland president, Lois Hybl, issued the following statement regarding the League’s efforts ahead:
“In 2020, the LWV of Maryland is as committed to ensuring every citizen has the information they need to actively engage in our democracy as we were in 1920 when women first won the right to vote. At the core of our work is our dedication to education then mobilization. LWV began with a goal to empower millions of women who had just been granted the right to vote by the 19th amendment, looking to the next 100 years, we will work tirelessly to safeguard that right for all citizens and empower millions more.”
The League’s historic commitment to register, educate and mobilize voters is not only stronger, but more effective than ever, utilizing such tools as VOTE411.org—a cutting-edge election information website utilized by millions of voters each election cycle.
“We will continue to fight for increased access to the ballot box for every Marylander and to keep secret money out of our elections to ensure that our elections are fair, free and accessible,” said Ashley Oleson, State Director of the LWV Maryland. “We’ll also continue to push for a strong public education system for the future voters of our state, as well as fair election maps that ensure every voice is heard in our democracy.”
One hundred years after the League was founded in 1920, members of the League are proud of the great progress achieved when it comes to truly Making Democracy Work.