LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
BANNER AS THE RATIFICATION FLAG
Purple: Justice for all.
White: Purity of purpose.
Gold: Courage to persevere.
The League of Women Voters is a national, non-partisan organization founded on February 14, 1920, by woman suffrage leader Carrie Chapman Catt in anticipation of the ratification of the 19th Amendment that year. Catt had followed Susan B. Anthony as leader of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and continued the
long political struggle for women's Constitutional right to vote, begun in 1848 with Elizabeth Cady Stanton's public demand that women have the elective franchise.
On August 26, the U.S. Secretary of State certified the 19th Amendment.
This year, the League celebrates the 100th anniversary of that historic event, while keenly and sadly aware that women of color were sidelined for political expediency in America's racist culture. Today, the League is committed to the continuing struggle to make our democracy work for all.