Trish Farrington: Happy 80th to Amherst League of Women Voters

Published: 8/12/2019 11:00:13 PM

The Amherst League of Women Voters was founded 80 years ago, soon after the national league was formed and soon after women won the right to vote.

One of our first actions in 1939 was to convince the town of Amherst to change its policy and allow married women to teach school. You might not have been around in 1939, but over the years you most likely have benefited from some of the League’s actions.

Helping citizens register to vote and then educating the community about all things having to do with elections: publishing Voters’ Guides, Town Meeting handbooks, organizing candidate forums, and establishing an Observer Corps to have our members attend town board and council meetings are important aspects of the League’s mission.

Supporting our schools — advocating for public kindergarten in 1968, supporting the building and expansion of school buildings in the 70s, creating a Girls’ High School Leadership program in 2018 — are only a few of the ways the League has backed our school system.

Study groups that research a topic enable the League to help make changes on issues, such as affordable housing, health care, energy, conservation, business and economic development And how about our open meetings, where anyone can get to meet leaders of the town, our connection with Amherst Media, our co-sponsorship with other organizations and an annual book sale!

If you are interested in more details, and pictures, of our League’s activities, check out the exhibit in the Atrium of the Jones Library through August. Our nonpartisan League has been fostering citizen participation and making democracy work for 80 years. We will continue to do so for at least another 80. You are welcome to join us.

Trish Farrington

Amherst




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