Women’s History

The League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley enjoyed a celebration of Women History Month on Mar. 21, 2023 at the Roseburg Public Library in the Ford Room at 6PM to 7:30PM. We will learned more about “Women Who Tell Our Stories!”

Alice Lackey of the LWV Umpqua Valley shared with the group the stories of many women who have led the way and those who are now in the Oregon Legislature or serving in Congress. She also shared an American Women Quarter with each person present. The U.S. Mint is producing series of coins celebrating historical women from all walks of life. For more information visit, the U.S. Mint.

March is Women’s History Month and March 8th marks International Women’s Day. It’s a day to recognize important women across the world and the inequality they still face. Here in Oregon, a number of powerful women have helped shape the state into what it is today.

This year the theme is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories!”

1920 — 2020

We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy. That’s been our vision since 1920, when the League of Women Voters was founded by leaders of the women’s suffrage movement. For 100 years, we have been a nonpartisan, activist, grassroots organization that believes voters should play a critical role in democracy.

FEBRUARY 14, 1920 – LWV Founded

The League was officially founded in Chicago in 1920, just six months before the 19th amendment was ratified and women won the vote. Formed by the suffragists of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, the League began as a “mighty political experiment” designed to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters.

August 26th 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment being officially added to the US Constitution. The amendment removed sex as a reason to deny voting rights.


Harriet Tubman

We will continue to celebrate 100 years plus of achievement by American women. Our new musical about Abigail Scott Duniway and her brother Harvey Scott is available for viewing and sharing. Visit our page with more details.

Read about and be inspired by an amazing woman who lived in Douglas County briefly who was the first woman to serve in Oregon Senate, Kathryn Clarke (1873-1940). See photo below.

We hope you had a chance to see our Roseburg Public Library display of 2020 before the Library closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The display celebrates the century of achievement by the League and women all over the United States. 2020 also celebrates the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.

“Someone struggled for your Right to Vote. Use it!”

Our Roseburg Public Library display of 2020.

Interesting Links:

A Suffrage Quilt pictured in The News-Review in 2013.
Abigail Scott Duniway
Susan B. Anthony

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