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-THE LONG FIGHT FOR WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE
Pictured are 5,000 women massed on and about the East Steps of the nation’s Capitol, Washington, D.C., on May 9, 1914, demonstrating for the right to vote.
The 19th Amendment was passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, ratified in New Jersey on February 9, 1920, and fully ratified on August 18, 1920.
-VIRGINIA RATIFIES THE ERA
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Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.
We just saw history.
Today, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment – crossing the three-fourths threshold of support required from the states.
Now we need Congress to remove the deadline so the ERA can become a permanent part of the U.S. Constitution.
When the ERA passed Congress in 1972, lawmakers attached a 1977 ratification deadline to it, which they later extended to 1982. Earlier this month, the League of Women Voters of the United States sent a letter to the United States Congress urging them to remove the ratification deadline on the ERA.
Thank you to the many League volunteers who have worked tirelessly for ratification in their states—and who continued to push for ratification even after the deadline passed. Now that the ERA has been ratified, we will not stop fighting for equality under the law and pushing to see the ERA become the next amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Women have waited decades to see the ERA pass, and this is the perfect way to kick of 2020, a year that celebrates 100 years of women’s voting rights. It's time for Congress to remove the ERA deadline and make this dream a reality!
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"June marked the end of our 2019 High School Voter Registration project," said LWVUS staffer Alicia Gurrieri. "With a record-breaking 60 Leagues participating, volunteers registered a total of 20,115 high school student in 28 states across the country, plus D.C." https://www.lwv.org/blog/leagues-register-over-20000-new-youth-voters
"We know that young people, particularly those who are not in a four-year college, are often left out of the conversation and not given the tools needed to become engaged members of our democracy. Our research shows that voter registration and education are critical to turnout of young voters. By building on relationships with local high schools and community colleges, League volunteers were able to host a total of 774 registration events reaching over 62,000 students."
"Despite common misconceptions, young people want to be engaged."
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In Memoriam - Joan Rowland
Dear Members & Friends,
The League of Women Voters of Lawrence Township mourns the passing of Joan Rowland, one of our League's founders, fifty-year members, and long-time member of our Board of Directors.
Joan F. Rowland, 89, passed away on Tuesday morning January 7, 2020, at the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick.
She was the daughter of Isadore and Lilian Stern Friedman and grew up in University Heights, Ohio, where her father, an immigrant, owned and operated the Friedman Pharmacy at 117th and Union Streets in Cleveland.
She is predeceased by her husband of 57 years, R. Sidney Rowland, who passed away in 2008. She is survived by her two sons, Edward (and Amy) Rowland, granddaughters Lainie, Helene and Audrey of Madison NJ, and Steven (and Karen) Rowland, grandchildren Sam and Molly of Chatham NJ, and her sister Betty and Michael Klapper of Upper Arlington, Ohio. Having spent the last 63 years in the Lawrenceville and Princeton area, she had a wonderful circle of longtime friends who she considered her extended family.
Joan Rowland graduated from Ohio State in 1951 with a B.S. It was there that she met her future husband. The young couple first moved to New York City and then to the Princeton area in 1957. She worked for many years at Princeton University as an Administrative Assistant in the Mathematics and later the Physics Departments. The second half of her career was with the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Industry.
Outside of work and raising a family, she was quite active in several organizations including helping to found the League of Women Voters of Lawrence Township and the creation of the affordable housing non-profit in Lawrence Township at Eggerts Crossing where she served as a long-time Board member. The couple was also quite active in an almost 50-year Book Club in Lawrence Township with many friends where there was more talk than reading, and discussions of current events were quite lively.
The funeral will be held on Friday January 10, 2020 at 1:00pm at the Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, 650 Lawrenceville Rd (Route 206), Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. Attendees are asked to arrive to the funeral home between 12:30 and 12:45PM. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery, 29 Greenview Ave, Princeton, NJ 08540.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Eggerts Crossing Community Center to Every Child Valued Fund, 175 Johnson Ave., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648, Attn. Nicole Cody, Executive Director.
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"Earlier this year, the U.S. House passed legislation requiring universal background checks on every firearm sale and transfer, appropriating funds for gun violence research, and closing loopholes in laws that allow stalkers to obtain guns. And now it’s time for us to ensure the U.S. Senate does the same."
"The U.S. Senate is coming back to work today, and we need your help to let them know their first order of business should be prioritizing the lives of the American people. Send a welcome back note to your Senators asking them to prioritize legislation to end gun violence."
"Over a 48 hour period from August 3rd to August 4th, our country witnessed more tragic examples of the consequences of inaction in the face of a public safety crisis: twenty-two people were killed in El Paso, Texas, ten were killed in Dayton, Ohio, and Chicago's Mount Sinai Hospital temporarily stopped accepting patients Sunday morning because they were at capacity following a series of shootings. Another shooting also followed in Odessa and Midland, TX on August 31, where seven people were killed.
"This is not normal. We're calling on the U.S. Senate to finally take action to address this horrific national public safety threat."
"Americans are demanding gun safety reform like never before. Legislation passed in the U.S. House earlier this year, H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Check Act, is supported by 97% of the American people. But the U.S. Senate has left lifesaving bills to falter in that chamber by refusing to even bring them up for a vote. We must hold our politicians accountable for choosing partisanship over the will of the American people."
"Contact your Senators about life-saving legislation to end gun violence today!" @LWV