Making Democracy Work: We envision a democracy where each person has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate.
The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920, the same year women won the right to vote, to help educate the new voters. The League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara was founded in 1938. The Education Fund was incorporated in 2000 to support the unbiased Voter Service and Citizen Education programs of the League.
From the beginning in 1920, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization. Today, across the country, LWV fights for voting rights, “Making Democracy Work”—for everyone.
As we prepare for the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, we will continue and expand our outreach to new voters in underserved communities. The League acknowledges that the suffrage movement did not include all women, excluding women — and men — of color. Our goal is to empower people, especially those who have not previously participated in the democratic process. LWVSB is organizing a community Women’s Equality Day event on August 26. We will also observe the anniversary by collaborating with other organizations, registering, educating, and encouraging people to vote in the March and November elections.
As a female coming from a country (Vietnam) where women had no voice, I am grateful for the opportunities to work with the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara. I first worked with LWVSB junior year of high school on a class-wide AP Environmental Studies project. With help from the League, my class was able to register and preregister more than 300 youths. From there, my friends and I have been giving presentations of why students’ votes matter. Individually, I have been a member of the board and working on the LWVSB website since Fall 2018 and was able to learn not only how the board puts together events/forums to inform people about current and local issues, but also about how to vocalize my thoughts and how to help make a difference in the world
- An Pham