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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 February Newsletter

We have lots of events coming up & news to share. Read more.

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LWV CENTENNIAL TRAVELING EXHIBIT AT THE WOMEN’S FAIR 2020

February 21-23, 2020, Friday-Sunday, Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center
Our League will be active at the Women’s Fair this year! Visit our Centennial traveling exhibit, “Celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment – Women Vote: Learning from the Past, Imagining the Future.” We will also be registering voters & still have several time slots during which we need volunteers. If you can help, contact Carole Neal at wichitametrolwv@gmail.com. This is a wonderful opportunity to spread the word about the work we do. The Women’s Fair hours are Friday noon-7 p.m., Saturday 9-7 p.m. & Sunday 11-5 p.m.

The “Celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment: Women Vote – Learning from the Past; Imagining the Future” Traveling Exhibit tells the story of how women gained the vote, in Kansas in 1912 and nationally in 1920 and is a story of how attitudes toward women were changed by a determined group of suffragists who sometimes formed unlikely coalitions to achieve a political end — Suffrage. Racism was an underlying factor in their struggle, particularly as Southern states struggled to ratify the 19th Amendment in the Jim Crow South. Lastly, the exhibit examines the contributions women have made in Kansas because they were able to vote.


TUESDAY TOPICS: EDUCATING HOMELESS STUDENTS IN WICHITA

February 25, 2020, Tuesday, noon-1 p.m., Advanced Learning Library
It might surprise you to learn that USD 259 is educating more than 2,000 students classified as homeless. How is the school district able to do that? The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 makes federal funds available to school districts to help manage programs to educate and assist homeless children and their families. Cynthia Martinez, McKinney-Vento Liaison for Wichita Public Schools, will discuss the numbers, challenges, impact, and future of this important and successful program in our community. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

This event is open to everyone. Check out our complete calendar.


CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF WOMEN’S RIGHT TO VOTE

February 29, Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library, Evergreen Branch

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote, turns 100 this year. Join the League of Women Voters Wichita-Metro for a presentation on the history of the suffrage movement, and what has followed in the years since. Co-hosted by the Wichita Public Library.

This event is open to everyone. Check out our complete calendar.


SLAYING THE GERRYMANDER

March 3, Tuesday, 5:30-7 p.m., Wichita State University Ulrich Museum of Art

Dr. Brian Amos, Professor of Political Science at WSU who specializes in redistricting by combining geography & politics, will discuss his work on gerrymandering, drawing from his current exhibit at Ulrich, entitled, “Solving for X=Representation: Slaying the Gerrymander.” Dr. Amos aims to help stop gerrymandering by using software to automate the drawing of districts. His work is dedicated to improving the redistricting algorithms available to researchers & activists.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the program from 6-7 p.m. Parking is free at 5 p.m. in any green or yellow parking space, including the circle in front of the museum. The 2nd & 3rd floors of the garage east of the museum are for visitors & there is a large yellow lot on 17th across from the entrance to Fairmount Street.

This event is open to everyone. Check out our complete calendar.


Women and Civic Engagement Panel Discussion

March 5, Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library, 711 W 2nd.

100 years after the passing of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote, women are becoming more civically engaged across all levels of government. Join us for a panel discussion featuring women in government as they share their experiences and honor the heritage of the women that paved the way for them. This event is organized by the Wichita Public Library.

Panelists include Cindy Claycomb, City Council District VI, City of Wichita; and Lacey Cruse, County Commissioner, 4th District, Sedgwick County.

Check out our complete calendar.


We Were There! African-American Women in the Suffrage Movement

March 7, Saturday, 2-4 p.m., The Kansas African-American Museum, 601 N. Water

Join us for an artistic presentation and panel discussion highlighting the contributions of African-American women in the suffrage movement. Everyone is invited.

As the women’s suffrage movement gained popularity through the nineteenth century, African-American women dealt not only with the sexism of being withheld the vote but also the political concerns of white suffragists. While white women were focused on obtaining the franchise, black women sought the betterment of their communities overall, rather than their individual betterment exclusively as women. After the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, African-American women remained unable to freely exercise their right to vote in some southern states until the 1960s.

The women’s suffrage movement began with women such as Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, and it progressed to women like Ida B. Wells, Margaret Murray Washington, Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, Mary Church Terrell, Ella Baker, Rosa Parks, Angela Davis, and many others.

This presentation by TKAAM – The Kansas African American Museum is co-hosted by our Centennial committee. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served and a voter registration table will be provided.

Check out our complete calendar.


TUESDAY TOPICS: Renewable Energy

March 24, 2020, Tuesday, noon-1 p.m., Advanced Learning Library
Renewable energy and land use — how can they exist together within the confines of a public policy? Should they both be considered together? How does that impact public policy and protecting the environment? Where does citizen input and expert advice enter the picture? Come and hear both sides of the story from the Sierra Club and a Sedgwick County representative. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

This event is open to everyone. Check out our complete calendar.


TUESDAY TOPICS: Where Do You Get Your News?

April 28, 2020, Tuesday, noon-1 p.m., Advanced Learning Library
The world of news reporting has undergone drastic changes in the past 20 years, and even more so in recent years. When you are looking for news, what sources are you using? Learn more about how media outlets have adapted to the changing environment from a panel of experts. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

This event is open to everyone. Check out our complete calendar.


More Upcoming Events

April 7, Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., LWV Monthly Meeting

April 25, Saturday, LWV Kansas Council in Emporia, a great opportunity to network with other Leagues.

June 25-28, Thursday-Sunday, LWV National Convention in Washington, DC. We will have 4-5 delegates attend. Any Leaguer is welcome to join the group.

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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