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Getting to Know the League of Women Voters of Arkansas - “Arkansas Week”

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In the latest edition of “Arkansas Week,” guests from the League of Women Voters of Arkansas are joining us in AETN studios to discuss the surge of female candidates, the upcoming centennial of the 19th Amendment and more. But what is the league and which views does it support? Some of the answers may surprise you.

The League is nonpartisan and issue-driven.

Open to members of all parties and backgrounds, the League of Women Voters of Arkansas is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government. Instead, the league works on vital issues of concern to members and the public through education and advocacy.

The League of Women Voters of Arkansas’s goal is to empower everyone to shape better communities through education and study of the issues that challenge Arkansans. Before taking action on any issue, the league performs a study and then presents pros and cons to its members. Only after a consensus are the results of the study publicized and action taken.

League of Women Voters of Arkansas

They operate on many levels to educate voters.

From local city and county races to national elections, the League of Women Voters hosts numerous events and programs every year to educate voters about candidates in federal, state and local races, in addition to distributing educational materials about state and local elections. The League prides itself on equipping voters with essential information about the election process and providing straightforward information about candidates and ballot issues.

In Arkansas, the league maintains a state chapter, as well as county chapters in Pulaski, Washington and Faulkner Counties.

League of Women Voters of Arkansas Modern

The League of Women Voters of Arkansas is a nonprofit — with 501 (c)(3) and 501 (c)(4) status.

The roles of the League of Women Voters of Arkansas are two-fold: it is an educational entity and an advocate for the policy issues it has researched.

To support the league’s educational role, the League of Women Voters Education Fund — a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit — was formed. This arm of the league conducts voter service and citizen education activities. It is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy educational organization, which:

  • Builds citizen participation in the democratic process.
  • Studies key community issues at all government levels in an unbiased manner.
  • Enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management.
  •  Donations to the Education Fund, a 501(c)(3)corporation, are fully tax-deductible where allowed by law.

    In its advocacy role, The League of Women Voters — a membership organization — conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

    League of Women Voters of Arkansas Open to All Genders

    You don’t have to be a woman to join.

    While the League of Women Voters of Arkansas believes in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy, membership is open to individuals of all genders and ages. The league envisions a democracy where every person has the desire, the right and the knowledge and confidence to participate. For more information about membership, visit their website here.

    League of Women Voters 1919

    The League is one of the oldest and most respected nonprofit organizations in the U.S.

    Both the League of Women Voters (LWV) on a national level and the League of Women Voters of Arkansas were first formed in 1920.

    Created just six months before the 19th amendment was ratified and women got the vote, the national league has its origins with the National Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). Since its formation, the national league has been involved in a number of issues including protection for women and children, rights of working women, food supply, hygiene, women’s legal status, the enactment of Social Security and the Food and Drug Acts, American citizenship and efforts to establish the United Nations (UN).

    In Arkansas, the league has long focused on various issues that affect both women and men, including election procedures, public education, revision of the Arkansas constitution, passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), the environment, social policy and sales tax on food.

    Today, the League of Women Voters of Arkansas continues to focus involvement in public policy and education matters including voter registration, civic education for young voters, Carbon Pollution, support for the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and general knowledge of the functions and structure of Arkansas State Government, supported by the special commemorative edition of the league’s publication “Government in Arkansas.”

    TUNE IN:

    Friday, Sept. 7, 2018

    "Arkansas Week," 7:30 p.m.

    See guests from the League of Women Voters of Arkansas discuss the nationwide surge of female candidates, the upcoming centennials of the organization and the 19th Amendment, the release of the commemorative edition of "Government in Arkansas" and more.

    LEARN MORE:

    League of Women Voters of Arkansas

    League of Women Voters of Pulaski County

    League of Women Voters of Washington County

    "League of Women Voters of Arkansas" - Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture

    League of Women Voters of the United States