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The Best Way to Celebrate Women's Equality Day? Register to Vote!

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 08.26.2014 | Women
Elisabeth MacNamara

This week as we celebrate Women's Equality Day, we reflect on the brave suffragists who helped secure the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted...

A Grandmother on 'Uppity Women', Universal Suffrage and Protecting the Vote

Margaret Sullivan | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Margaret Sullivan

Ninety-four years ago, August 18, 1920, Tennessee, the last state required to approve it, ratified the 19th amendment to the Constitution. In that moment, due to an "uppity" woman who raised a thoughtful son, American women gained the right to vote.

You Can Thank Susan B. Anthony For Your Fulfilling Sex Life

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 06.17.2014 | Women

In her spoken word poem "Suffragette 69" posted by Button Poetry and performed at Macalester College during the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invita...

The Radical Feminist Roots Of Mother's Day

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.08.2014 | Religion

The only thing better than the sweet and sentimental Mother's Day is its radical feminist history steeped in religious values. The American incarna...

A Founding Mother on Women's History Month

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 05.18.2014 | Women
Nancy Rubin Stuart

Perhaps it's no coincidence that the month of March, named after Mars, the Roman god of war, is widely recognized as Women's History Month. While women are rarely battle-hungry, the war between the sexes has continued to transcend time, technology and tastes for generations.

Lessons Learned From a Female Pioneer

Donna Randall | Posted 05.12.2014 | Education
Donna Randall

As we celebrate Women's History Month in March, events are planned on campuses across the nation to reflect on the achievements of women. Most importa...

On the League's 94th Anniversary, Continuing to Protect the Vote

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Today's barriers to the ballot might look different than they did when the League was founded 94 years ago, but they remain threats to our democracy all the same.

Entitled to Break the Glass Ceiling

Megan Beyer | Posted 03.01.2014 | Women
Megan Beyer

While some disparage this generation for being "entitled," I see it another way. They are the first generation of American women who believe they have a legitimate claim to the whole array of opportunities society and the economy offer. Entitled? You bet.

10 Ways the League of Women Voters Is Making Democracy Work in 2013

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth MacNamara

In 1920, suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters to democratize the vote. Since then, League members across the country have worked tirelessly to strengthen our democracy and ensure equality for all.

This #GivingTuesday, Help Strengthen Our Country and Democracy

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth MacNamara

In celebration of #GivingTuesday, we've been sharing a look at just some of what the League has done to increase political participation and strengthen our democracy -- and our country -- in 2013.

Women and Children First

Ursula Burton | Posted 11.23.2013 | Women
Ursula Burton

The phrase "women and children" is being used to manipulate people, and it's offensive to me and insulting to males.

50 Years Later: The Call to Let Freedom Ring!

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

It's remarkable. Even with the scores of marches on Washington since 1963, we all still know what we mean when we say the March on Washington.

On Equality Day, a Call for the Equal Right to Vote

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Judith Browne Dianis

We need a constitutional amendment to ensure that every eligible American -- regardless of their race, age, gender or where they live -- enjoys a fundamental right to vote.

'Telling The Truth About Our Lives Has Wondrous Consequences'

Suzanne Braun Levine | Posted 10.26.2013 | Fifty
Suzanne Braun Levine

We have gone from DEpendence to INdependence, she observed, but we have one more step: INTERdependence.

Celebrating Women's Equality Day and Continuing the Fight for Voting Rights

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 10.26.2013 | Women
Elisabeth MacNamara

As we celebrate Women's Equality Day and the anniversary of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech, many Americans -- women and men, young and old, rich and poor alike -- still face barriers to voting.

Mind the Leadership Gap: Lessons From Women's Suffrage

Donna P. Hall | Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact
Donna P. Hall

Despite the progress women have made over the last two centuries, there is still much more to be done. Let's be inspired and galvanized by the passion of the suffragists to be the ones who determine our place in society as leaders.

Women's Rights and Inequality in America

Jabril Faraj | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Jabril Faraj

There's the woman whose co-worker had to make a sign designating her as "Engineer" because, in meetings, people would assume she was a secretary. Another woman pipes up to say: "Even if I introduce myself as 'doctor,' male (particularly older male) parents of patients still refer to me as the nurse."

93 Years Ago Today, The 19th Amendment Gave Women The Right To Vote

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

On this day in 1920, Congress made history when it ratified the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing all American women the right to vote. The National Con...

Feminism Gets Presidential Seal of Approval

Charles Clymer | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Charles Clymer

Fifteen other Americans will also be honored, including Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton, but what makes Gloria Steinem's selection notable is how, by extension, the movement she has helped lead over the past four decades will be honored.

LOOK: Anti-Suffragette Postcards Show Fighting For Change Has Never Been Easy

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 08.09.2013 | Women

Though it’s easy to take your ability to vote for granted, it’s important to remember how relatively recently this right was won -- 93 years ago t...

165 Years Since Seneca Falls: Continuing to Organize for Equality

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 09.16.2013 | Women
Elisabeth MacNamara

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal." --Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Fall...

Lady Liberty: A Counter-Narrative

Louise Bernikow | Posted 09.03.2013 | New York
Louise Bernikow

When, on July 4th, the Statue of Liberty re-opens with fanfare, fireworks and patriotic pride, what she has meant, historically, to the bold women of the city she guards will probably not be mentioned.

Celebrating America the Startup

Robert Peake | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Robert Peake

Having lived in the Old World for a few years now, I have heard my country compared to an adolescent, with all the attendant charm and hubris implied. America was not born and raised like a child; it was founded and developed like a start-up company.

100 Years Later, Legacy Endures for Suffragists

David Orr | Posted 08.11.2013 | Chicago
David Orr

We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to the legions of women who led the fight, many of whom were considered extreme radicals at the time. Most suffragists first fought on behalf of other causes.

LOOK: How Anti-Suffragists Used Cat Memes

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.15.2013 | Women

Cat memes have been around for much, much longer than we thought. Human-Animal Studies Images blogger Corey Wrenn unearthed a series of postcards ...