logo for the League of Women Voters of Wichita-Metro

Serving the people of Sedgwick County and the Wichita metro area

Our Mission:

Empowering voters. Defending democracy.

Our Vision:

We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization, open to both women and men, encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Our April Newsletter

We have lots of news to share. Read more.

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All members should be receiving our newsletter and are welcome to be included in our Facebook group, Wichita LWV Members.

Observer Corps Reports

Government transparency is a vital part of the League’s mission. The Observer Corps is one way that Leagues promote open government on a local level. Our Leaguers have reports to share that relate to LWV positions and priorities. Read them here.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Reading List

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee has developed a reading list for members interested in continued learning and appreciation of DEI issues.

This list was compiled based on critic reviews and other online booklists. Although it contains a variety of diverse groups and topics, it is not intended to convey every experience or issue related to this extensive subject matter.

Our DEI team also created a video shared at the February unit meeting. Watch it here. Aleris Charleman introduces the reading list and co-chair Joan Warren shares her take on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ 2015 nonfiction book which is on the list.

Are we ready to serve our planet?

Lots of U.S. Leagues already are!

Non-partisan Leaguers have been hearing about the ultimate non-partisan issue “climate change,” but what exactly is it? Climate change is THE story everyone needs to understand. Read more here with links curated by LWV-WM board member Jane Byrnes.

Check out our complete calendar.

Protect Voting Rights & Stop Voter Suppression in 2021

Tuesday, May 18 at 6 p.m.

Voting rights are under attack nationwide as states pass voter suppression laws. These laws lead to significant burdens for eligible voters trying to exercise their most fundamental constitutional right.

Dating back to the Jim Crow era, a patchwork of state felony disfranchisement laws, which vary in severity from state to state, prevent approximately 5.85 million Americans with felony and, in several states, misdemeanor convictions from voting. Confusion about and misapplication of these laws also de facto disenfranchise countless other Americans.

So what’s going on in Kansas? What regulations are being considered in the 2021 session in Topeka? What are the voting rights of felons? How do they know when they can register? Is it the same across the state?

Plan now to join us at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, for an online discussion with representatives from ACLU of Kansas.

The livestream will pop up at bit.ly/LWVyoutube. We will also livestream on our Facebook page at fb.com/League.Of.Women.Voters.Wichita

This event is free of charge and open to the public. All are welcome.

Check out our complete calendar.

2021 Annual Meeting

Every year we have a meeting where our members vote on a proposed budget for the coming 12 months, a slate of board positions, etc. and then we do fun things like honoring our Citizen of the Year. It’s a great way to cap the previous 12 months and form a vision of how the next year will be.

Last year was a bit of a bust. This year we’re on top of our video conferencing game and we’re ready to take full advantage of it! 💪

We would LOVE for members AND non-members to join us for the public portion of our annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 24th. 🤩 The livestream will pop up at bit.ly/LWVyoutube. We will also livestream on our Facebook page at fb.com/League.Of.Women.Voters.Wichita

The public meeting will include:
⭐ DEI Moment of Focus
⭐ Greetings from LWVUS CEO Virginia Kase
⭐ Presentation of our scholarship winners
⭐ Recognition followed by a keynote address from the League of Women Voters Wichita – Metro’s Citizen of the Year, Sedgwick County Health Director Adrienne Byrne

Please note that the members-only portion of our Annual Meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. and held on Zoom. All members should have received an email from wichitametrolwv@gmail.com on April 24th with attachments & the Zoom link. (Check your spam folder if you don’t see it in your inbox.) 🔎 Reach out to our co-presidents Jennifer Byers Heminway (cthdownunder@gmail.com) & Martha Pint (martha_pint@hotmail.com) if you have questions.

LWV W-M to Sponsor Juneteenth Celebration 

In concert with the League of Women Voters’ commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), the Wichita Metro League has aligned itself with the local Juneteenth initiatives. Juneteenth, a celebration of freedom for African-Americans is the only American celebration connected to the re-uniting of the United States. From 1861 to 1865, the United States was two separate nations, embroiled in a horrific fight to determine if it would remain that way, with the southern “nation” maintaining enslavement of African-American people. Fortunately, the Northern “nation” prevailed and Lee surrendered in April of 1865. Federal troops were immediately dispatched to the south with the news. When they arrived in Galveston, Texas on June the nineteenth, African-Americans began to celebrate. The creative and jubilant freed Americans fused the date into Juneteenth.

Largely ignored by America as a whole, African-Americans have celebrated the re-uniting of the United States for over 150 years. Juneteenth celebrations cannot be separated from the reunion. America’s failure to make the connection may be a contributing factor as to its continued divisiveness.

The League of Women Voters Wichita-Metro is proud to be a sponsor of Juneteenth ICT as we continue to promote liberty and justice for all, as well as a truly united United States. Please join us on June 18, 6-9 p.m. and 19, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. at McAdams Park, 1329 East 16th Street. All Americans must be intentional if we ever hope to be a united people.

Like Juneteenth ICT on Facebook and share the posts with everyone.

Check out our complete calendar.

High Tea Fundraiser

Sunday, June 27 at 2 p.m. at Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 Museum Blvd (map)

We’re hosting a social event & silent auction and we want to see you! Join us for our High Tea Fundraiser at Old Cowtown Museum at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 27, in the museum’s visitor center which has a spacious hall with a beautiful patio.

Tickets are $20 each and can be bought online and by mail. The deadline for tickets is June 18th so we can ensure we’ll have enough volunteers, provisions, etc. for everyone. No tickets will be sold at the door. See details on our website and our Facebook event page.

Suffragist-era attire is encouraged but not at all compulsory. We want to enjoy each other’s company while supporting the League’s ongoing efforts by raising the funds we need for our work. All attendees will receive a commemorative teacup and saucer.

If you have something fabulous to donate for the silent auction, please email Jennifer Byers Heminway at cthdownunder@gmail.com or Leanne Chase at lrc4620@aol.com.

This event is open to the public. All are welcome.

Check out our complete calendar.

Have you renewed your membership?

LWV Wichita-Metro’s dues year is from July 1 to June 30. Renew here.

What does the League do?

  • We educate citizens about issues, legislation and candidates.
  • We encourage individual participation in the political process.
  • We inform through in-depth, objective study.
  • We monitor local, state and national government bodies and activities.
  • We register voters.
  • We sponsor candidate forums and public issue forums.

Join us to Make Democracy Work!

You can make a difference! Join LWVWichita and start making a difference in our community. League membership is open to all women and men from age 16.

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