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The League Update

March 9, 2023

LWVUS staff and LWVAL leadership at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL.


Our Nation

It's hard to believe that spring is just around the corner and that Women’s History Month is here! Throughout the month, we’ll be celebrating the trailblazing women who advocate for equal rights and power our democracy. The LWVUS UN Observers kicked off our celebrations on International Women’s Day yesterday, with a powerful blog about creating safe spaces for women and girls. 

Additionally, Tuesday marked the 58th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, when civil rights activists were attacked by police while marching to protest racial discrimination in voting and police brutality. I was proud to be in community with our Alabama League and LWVUS staff members earlier this week to commemorate activists for their courage and leadership. As we reflect on what happened over 50 years ago, it's clear that we are responsible for creating a more perfect democracy: the fight for equal voting rights is not over.

Our League

Thank you to everyone who applied for our Framing the Future working groups. As these groups convene over the next few months, they will address pivotal questions and provide vital feedback toward building out the future of our organization. League members can look forward to a field survey next month for all members to contribute to Framing the Future. 

Additionally, I am excited to announce that registration is now open for our 2023 Council. I look forward to coming together with state leaders in Las Vegas, NV, to focus on our ongoing transformation work and our moonshot goal of eliminating the Electoral College. State leaders can learn more about this in-person event and register here

In other League news, I recently sat down to reflect on the current moment in our democracy, the League’s impact, and our transformation journey in my 2023 State of the League Address. We have accomplished so much together, and I hope you will join me in celebrating your impact! Leagues are welcome to play this video at internal League events, board meetings, and at their state conventions. 

Finally, I challenge you to take a moment this month to elevate the work of a woman in your state or community who was important in advancing women’s participation in our country. In other words, celebrate an unsung heroine.

Working with you and for you every day.

In League,



Webinars and Virtual Meetings



March 13, 2:30pm ET

Preferences, Traditions, and Requirements (PTR) Tool

Join the LWVUS organizing team for an overview of the PTR tool and generative conversations on how Leagues can use it effectively to manage conflict.



March 15, 2pm ET

Technology: Friend or Foe of Free, Fair, and Accessible Elections?

Join the LWV UN Observers for this discussion information and communications technologies into the electoral process.



March 15, 2:30pm ET

Preferences, Traditions, and Requirements (PTR) Tool

Join the LWVUS organizing team for an overview of the PTR tool and generative conversations on how Leagues can use it effectively to manage conflict.



March 21, 7pm ET

VOTE411 Office Hours

Learn how to create your races and candidates on the VOTE411 online voter guide platform. Webinars are every other Tuesday at 7pm ET. Find the full schedule on the League Management Site.



March 22, 3pm ET

LWV's Criminal Justice Position: Overview and Advocacy Considerations

An overview of the League’s criminal justice position adopted at 2022 Convention. This webinar is geared towards state and local Leagues looking to do criminal justice work for the first time, or who would like additional considerations for their advocacy work.



March 23, 3pm ET

LWVUS Legislative Office Hours

Opportunity for Leagues and League members to address advocacy, legislative, or policy issues directly with a member of the LWVUS staff.



March 29, 3pm ET

Introducing the LWVUS Legal Center

Join the LWVUS litigation and communications teams to walk through the new Legal Center, its core features, and how to make the most of it.*

*Please note that this webinar was originally scheduled for March 15 but has been moved to the date above. This workshop will be via Zoom, but attendees need to register with the link below.




March 30, 8pm ET

2022 Annual League Survey Results

Join the LWVUS evaluation department for an overview of national-level results based on last year’s annual survey responses.


See the full list of upcoming events on the League Management Site.


Join LWV UN Observers for CSW67!


The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67) is March 6 – 17, 2023. The CSW is a combination of meetings with official proceedings at the UN, as well as parallel and side events sponsored by NGOs and other organizations. League members can watch UN proceedings on YouTube. Since 1945, at the invitation of President Truman, LWV has had a standing committee of UN Observers. This year's delegation will be led by Dr. Connie Sobon Sensor, LWV's chief observer to the UN.

In addition to the delegation, LWV observers have organized a virtual panel presentation, “Technology: Friend or Foe of Free, Fair and Accessible Elections?” League members can register for the March 15 webinar here. 


Legislative Office Hours 2023


Do you have questions about federal legislation? Need help interpreting League issue positions? Want to consult on state-level legislation? Concerned about supporting or opposing actions/legislation? Then LWVUS legislative office hours are perfect for you!   

LWVUS regularly opens our virtual offices to support your legislative work. To accommodate all Leagues, plan on having each meeting last 15 minutes. Additionally, if you plan on calling in about specific positions or bills, please email advocacy@lwv.org, subjected “Leg Office Hours,” with a brief description of what you wish to go over and provide any documents/attachments. See upcoming office hours and register here.

2022 Annual League Survey Results Update


The LWVUS evaluation team recently emailed state League leaders a link to their annual survey state-level reports and Canva templates to make edits and share via social media. Last month, we shared the raw data file with state presidents and in the coming weeks, we’ll be exploring a new process for local Leagues to create similar reports for their needs. 

If you’re interested in the national-level results, please register for the “2022 Annual League Survey Results” event in the Webinar section above. Please reach out to Mariana, senior manager of evaluations (mschmalstig@lwv.org), with any questions or concerns.

Not Sure Who to Contact at LWVUS?


The Guide to LWVUS Services for Leagues outlines the services LWVUS provides for local and state Leagues and provides points of contact at LWVUS on various topics and questions. This guide is a great first stop if you have a question for the national office. It provides information on some of the most frequently asked questions and requests. This living document is regularly updated to ensure all the information is current. 

VOTE411 "Plan Your Vote" Palm Cards: Spanish Cards Available


In addition to our existing designs, we’ve created Spanish VOTE411 “Plan Your Vote” cards for Leagues to use at voter registration and tabling events. Download these designs and learn more about printing guidance on the League Management Site.

Suffrage Board Game: Now Available


Votes for Women is a new board game highlighting the women's suffrage movement, produced by Fort Circle Games in Washington, DC, and partnered with LWVUS. The game can be purchased for $75 (including shipping) online. Learn more about the game and designer Tory Brown at www.lwv.org.

LWV Business

2023 Council: Framing the Future


Registration for 2023 Council is now open! Council is taking place June 22 – 25 in Las Vegas, NV. Council is our biennial event for state League leaders. This event is in person, and each state is invited to bring 1–3 state League leaders.


Letters & Memos


League in the News


League Leaders

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