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Activities will focus on educating voters about the importance of voting, increasing voter participation including voter registration, encouraging people to take an active role in the decision-making public policy process where their voices and votes count.

A Centennial Luncheon

Sat., Aug. 24, 2019 | 1 pm | Hughes Metroplex, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

Presented by the League of Women Voters Wichita-Metro and LWV Kansas, this luncheon celebrates the country’s first state League with a luncheon featuring a panel of high-profile speakers, entertainment and more. Each table seats 8 people, if you would like to reserve a table you may do so by emailing info@lwvwichita.org, by calling 316-573-5583. Thanks to the excellent support for this event tickets have sold out. Please contact LWV Wichita to be placed on the waiting list should tickets become available, email info@lwvwichita.org or call 316-573-5583.

Speakers include Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum BakerLWVUS President Chris Carson, with entertainment provided by ARISE, Inc.

Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker
Hailing from a distinguished Kansas political family, Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker made her own mark by winning election to the U.S. Senate and serving there for nearly two decades, eventually becoming the first woman to chair a major Senate committee. As both chair of the Labor and Human Resources Committee and a senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Kassebaum earned a reputation as a determined and independent voice on issues ranging from Cold War policy to women’s rights.

LWVUS President Chris Carson
Chris Carson was elected as the 19th president of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) and chair of the Board of Trustees of the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in June 2016. Carson has been a member of the California League for over 30 years, serving all of its leadership roles. Carson serves as LWVC’s Campaign Finance Director, monitoring proposed state legislation, working with LWVC’s Board and staff on legislative campaigns and coordinating grassroots advocacy for bills we support. Concurrently, she is serving on the LWVUS Campaign Finance Taskforce, developing materials for use by local Leagues on this issue. Carson also served on the LWVUS Immigration Study Committee.

ARISE! Let Your Light Shine!
ARISE, an acronym for African-Americans Renewing Interest in Spirituals Ensemble — the idiom has resonated throughout Wichita and the state of Kansas for the past 30 years.  Fueled by a partnership with the Urban League of Greater Wichita. ARISE is a non-profit educational agency comprised of music and history-minded individuals who seek to keep alive the almost forgotten songs of our forefathers and mothers. These songs and the stories that accompany them chronicle the struggles, conflicts, secret communications, and victories of a people who refused to be extinguished.

Exhibit at the Kansas State Fair

Sep. 11-20, 2020 | Hutchinson, Kansas

Components of the traveling exhibit will be displayed at the state fair while volunteers staff voter registration tables and provide educational voting information in the booth. Volunteers who staff the booth pay their own expenses for lodging and meals.

Statewide “March to the Polls”

The initial event will be held on August 22–23, 2020, the weekend before Women’s Equality Day, the centennial anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. Activities are planned for Topeka, Overland Park, Kansas City, Wichita, Lawrence, Salina, Hays, Garden City, Liberal, Hutchinson, Leavenworth, Dodge City, Emporia, Pittsburg. Other cities or counties may be added. Marchers will walk from election offices or courthouses into the target neighborhoods—low income, high minority, gatherings of millennials, etc., and hold voter registration rallies and register voters. They will continue to work in these neighborhoods until the November election.

Women’s Suffrage March

Fri., Jun. 1, 2020
During Riverfest Parade, costumed participants will march in celebration of 100 years of women’s right to vote.

How to Donate

Please make checks payable to “League of Women Voters of Kansas.” This is the simplest, most direct way to benefit all aspects of the Centennial Celebration. For tax-deductible contributions, make checks payable to “League of Women Voters of Kansas Education Fund.” LWVEF will hold money until requested by LWVK.

Honorary Co-Chairs

Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger
Jill Docking
Governor Laura Kelly

Our History

The League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) grew out of the long struggle to achieve the vote for women.

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted American women the right to vote, was ratified on August 18, 1920, ending almost a century of protest nationally.

On February 14, 1920, the LWVUS was founded officially as non-partisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or parties; however, it supports public policy positions and is known for its carefully researched platforms. A twelve-person Centennial Committee has been formed with Martha Pint, first vice- president LWVK, and Jacqueline Lightcap, state administrator, as co-chairs. Representatives from local Leagues and community volunteers meet regularly to coordinate events.

How to Donate

• Please make checks payable to LWVWM, indicating “Centennial” in the memo line.

• Tax-deductible contributions may be made to the League of Women Voters of LWVWM Education Fund, noting “LWVWM Centennial” in the memo line.

Donations may also be made online.