Celebrate League Of Women Voters 100th Anniversary Feb. 6 At The State Capitol


The League of Women Voters is celebrating its 100th anniversary Thursday, Feb. 6 at the state capitol. Courtesy image


Join us and the LWV New Mexico  on Thursday, Feb. 6 as we celebrate both the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters and New Mexico’s ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, acknowledging women’s right to vote.

League members Sen. Nancy Rodriguez of Santa Fe and Rep. Joanne Ferrary of Las Cruces are sponsoring legislative memorials recognizing the League’s history and accomplishments in their respective chambers that morning.

We will have 12 display tables for our Leagues and our partners in the West Hall starting at 8 a.m and then break around 12:30 pm for some fun, speakers, and refreshments. LWVNM President Hannah Burling will MC the event and introduce LWVUS Executive Director Virginia Kase who is coming to Santa Fe from Washington, D.C., for this momentous occasion. Gov. Lujan Grisham will deliver proclamations about the dual celebration, and some legislators will also speak.

In addition to comments from League leaders, representatives from our partner organizations will make brief comments about our shared goals related to “Empowering voters. Strengthening democracy.” Please use your creativity to help us recognize this important democratic milestone with flair. Consider impersonating a real or imagined suffragist or woman leader.

Come in suffrage garb or wear white, purple, or yellow and encourage others to do the same. Wear a placard with the name of the person you are impersonating along with a quotation or brief historical tidbit. For information and inspiration, see the Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States. Search on name or state.

For more ideas or information, contact Meredith Machen, History Committee
Chair/ Centennial Organizer at projects@lwvnm.org or call (505) 577-6337. Thanks for
making this occasion memorable, meaningful, and fun.