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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.

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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 January Newsletter

We have lots of events coming up in January and February. Read more.

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TUESDAY TOPICS: KANSAS LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW

January 28, 2020, Tuesday, noon-1 p.m., Advanced Learning Library
Dr. Russell Arben Fox, political science professor at Friends University, and Pilar Pedraza, reporter at KAKE TV and host of Kansas Week on KPTS, will offer analysis of the upcoming legislative session. What issues will the legislature address? What are the challenges for issues such as Medicaid expansion, gun laws and the budget? Q&A will follow the presentation. Doors open at 11:30 am.

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



LWV WICHITA-METRO UNIT MEETING

February 4, 2020, Tuesday, 5:30-8 p.m., Advanced Learning Library
It’s time for a discussion about  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in our League. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a dynamic guest speaker at 6 p.m.

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


LWV DAY OF ACTION IN TOPEKA

February 13, 2020, Thursday, 8-5 p.m., Kansas State Capitol

Join LWV Wichita-Metro and other Kansas Leagues at the Kansas Statehouse on Thursday, February 13. We will have a couple of hours of presentations and time to meet with state legislators about critical issues. Members are encouraged to wear white.
Women have played a fundamental role in shaping an inclusive and active electorate. Women have powered — and continue to power — the vote. On the 100th birthday of the League of Women Voters, we are keeping in line with the fact that we were born from the suffrage movement and are centering our 2020 Day of Action around the theme: Women Power the Vote.

Be on the lookout in the next few weeks for details about the LWV Day of Action.



LWV CENTENNIAL TRAVELING EXHIBIT AT THE WOMEN’S FAIR 2020

February 21-23, 2020, Friday-Sunday, Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center
Come see the “Celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment: Women Vote – Learning from the Past; Imagining the Future” Traveling Exhibit at the Women’s Fair 2020. The 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.


Apply for a LWV Wichita-Metro Scholarship

Eligible applicants for the 2020-2021 academic year include students of all gender identity and expression residing in Wichita and surrounding counties or direct lineal descendants of current LWV Wichita-Metro members who are enrolled, or intending to enroll, in post-secondary education in Kansas. Two scholarships will be awarded, one for $1000 and one for $500.

Download the criteria, rules, and application.


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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