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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus

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Governor, legislature, city council honor League's 90th birthday

Monday, Apr. 19, 2010

Gov. Ted Strickland hailed Apr. 14 as “Making Democracy Work Day” in honor of the League of Women Voters, while the Columbus City Council tonight lauded the League's 90th anniversary.

Members of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus celebrated tonight at Columbus City Council and last Wednesday at the Ohio League’s annual Statehouse Day event.

Both houses of the Ohio General Assembly also issued commendations recognizing the 90th anniversary of the League’s founding.

The League of Women Voters was founded at the national, state, and local levels just as passage of the Nineteenth Amendment gave women the right to vote. The Metropolitan Columbus League was actually founded in 1919, seven months before the Ohio League and ten months before the U.S. League.

The League is celebrating nine decades of working to ensure that voters have the unbiased information they need to cast informed ballots; that every eligible voter can vote; and that every valid vote is counted. In addition, the state League has worked over the decades on such critical issues as justice and community safety; objective and fair redistricting procedures; programs that meet basic human needs; adequate and equitable financing for public schools; and responsible management of Ohio’s natural resources.

The Metropolitan Columbus League has focused on such issues as discrimination in public schools, overcrowding in jails, and conservation of natural resources. The League is also well known for its voter-education and voter-protection efforts. “The suffragettes who started the movement to give women the right to vote really didn’t know if, how or when they would succeed,” said Janyce C. Katz, president of the Metropolitan Columbus League. “And yet they persevered—changing our democracy and society. Today we are equally committed to improving our democracy and keeping our community healthy, vibrant and strong for all.”

Columbus is one of 33 local Leagues across the state.

Below are excerpts from the recognitions presented at Statehouse Day.

From Gov. Ted Strickland’s commendation to the Ohio League:

From Speaker of the House Armond Budish’s commendation on behalf of the members of the House of Representatives of the 128th General Assembly:

From A Resolution by Senator Bill Harris, President of the Ohio Senate, honoring the League of Women Voters of Ohio on the 90th anniversary:

From a resolution by the City Council of Columbus for the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus:

Event: Statehouse Day/State Council