League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area Home Page
We are excited that we have been serving our communities for 99 years.
Our LWV as well as the LWV US and LWVNJ were formed in 1920, when women obtained the the right to vote after almost 100 years of fighting for that right.
Because the League was founded as an outgrowth of the movement that secured women the right to vote, it aimed to help new voters engage with their government.
Today, the League empowers all voters to improve their local, state and national government.
This brief video highlights how the League of Women Voters, at local, state and national levels, is promoting democracy and civic engagement. With democracy and voting rights under attack it is critical that the League provide a strong, diverse voice for the people.
- The League of Women Voters is a community based organization that has worked since 1920 to improve our government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact our lives.
- The League is nonpartisan, which means we don't endorse candidates or political parties. Community volunteers operate at national, state and local levels through more than 800 state and local Leagues, in all 50 states as well in DC, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong.
- Formed from the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the centerpiece of the League's activities remains to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans. We do this starting right here in the Montclair Area, by engaging in educational efforts and forums on issues our community cares about.
- Our League - the League of Women Voters of the Montclair Areas - serves the areas in which our members reside. Currently that includes serving the people of Bloomfield, The Caldwells, Essex Fells, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Verona, West Orange.
IN 1872 the first woman ran for President of the United States.
That was 48 years before women received the vote in 1920.
What was her name?
Victoria Claflin Woodhull, later Victoria Woodhull Martin (September 23, 1838 – June 9, 1927) was an American leader of the woman's suffrage movement.
In 1872, Woodhull ran for President of the United States
What Happened in Seneca Falls on July 19-20,1848?
The "first" women's rights convention was held, which led to the suffragist movement to which worked to grant women the right to vote. The 19th Amendment became law in 1920 and the League of Women Voters was formed.
See what happened 24 years later (below.)
An account of the proceedings on the trial of Susan B. Anthony on the charge of illegal voting at the presidential election in Nov., 1872, and on the trial of Beverly W. Jones, Edwin T. Marsh and William B. Hall, the inspectors of elections by whom her vote was received.
NAMES Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell) (1820-1906) (Defendant)
United States. Circuit Court (New York : Northern District) (Author)
DATES / ORIGIN Date Issued: 1874
Place Term: Rochester, N.Y.
Publisher: Daily Democrat and Chronicle Book Print