Making Democracy Work


Announcements and Breaking News

June 13--Annual Dinner Meeting

Join us for dinner, the annual meeting and a talk by speaker Zoe M. Oxley, Professor of Political Science, Director, American Studies, Union College. Professor Oxley will talk about "What The Election in 2016 Tells Us About America; a Look at Racial and Gender Equality in the USA. What it Means to Be Part of a Post Truth Society".

Dinner will include Fresh fruit medley, house salad, entrée, carrot cake and coffee or tea.

Dinner entrée choices are:
Chicken Florentine
Baked Scrod
Vegetarian Sauté over pasta or quinoa

The charge for dinner is $30. You must make your reservation by June 6th; contact Carol Furman by phone 346-2746 or e-mail. We are unable to cancel reservations after June 6th unless a replacement can be made.

Membership will be asked to approve the proposed 2017-18 slate of leaders, budget, and local program.

Early Childhood Education Where are we? How can we do better?

Community Forum:
Free & Open to the Public

Beginnings are important!
How can our children be prepared to come to school ready and able to learn? We have a panel of educators who will talk about these questions with the community.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
6:30 - 8:00 PM
McChesney Room Main Branch Library
99 Clinton Street

More info

Possible New League Program

The League is considering starting a mentoring and citizenship program in Schenectady to assist those who are applying for citizenship. The Board will be meeting with the Director of the Office for New Americans in Albany to work out the logistics. Stay tuned for more on this exciting opportunity for the League.

"Democracy Is Not A Spectator Sport"

You've heard that before. Especially if you find fault with what is happening in government be it local, state or federal. Not everybody has to hold office---or even run for office to be a participant. There are plenty of ways to be active and to get involved.
  • If you admire a candidate for office---actively support them. You can carry their petitions, campaign for them---go "door to door" with them---write endorsement letters to the Editor---financially support their campaigns.
  • Become involved in the community---volunteer for a commission or board in which you have an interest, especially if you have expertise or special knowledge that would benefit the work of that body.
  • Publicly support (or speak out against) issues that concern you and find allies to work with to see these issues resolved.
  • The League of Women Voters offers you many opportunities to participate in the business of democracy. Join us in registering voters, volunteer to help us conduct a candidate forum, collect returns at a polling place on election night.

The main thing is tp look for ways to be involved and then to get involved. Be a game player, not a spectator!

The League Speaks with One Voice

"League members must keep in mind that THE LEAGUE SPEAKS WITH ONE VOICE.

It is the prerogative of a member to take no action or to take contrary action as an individual. Thus, as individuals, we all have the right to contact our public officials about matters of concern. What we learn from League sources can always be used to inform a person's individual action. "


Shirley Readdean, the LWV congratulates you!

Our member Shirley Readdean was honored on January 19, 2017 by the Schenectady City Schools Education Foundation with the Distinguished Alumna Service Award. Shirley was educated in the city schools, graduating from Nott Terrace High School, followed by a distinguished professional career. She has also been a volunteer in many community activities, serving as the first woman of color on the school board, including as its president. Her involvement with the United Methodist Church, the YWCA, Schenectady County Embraces Diversity (SCED) and many other organizations has earned her many distinguished awards, including the League's Susan B. Anthony award. She is a great role model for us all!

Submitted by Helga Schroeder, Judicial Committee Chair

Women in Politics: Past, Present & Future


Friday & Saturday, April 21 & 22, 2017

The League of Women Voters of NYS Education Foundation is pleased to announce its co-sponsorship on this educational conference to be held in Hyde Park, New York in April. League members are encouraged to attend for an exciting presentation and discussion of women in politics and women's history in NYS.

The Conference is being held on Friday, April 21, at the Wallace Center at the FDR Library in Hyde Park and on Saturday, April 22, at the Lecture Center at SUNY New Paltz. You can attend just one day, if you wish.

The League has arranged a luncheon and tour of Val-Kill, the home of Eleanor Roosevelt for League members and friends on Friday, April 21 preceding the conference. The cost of the luncheon is $50 and includes the tour of Val-Kill.

For registration information:

Carrie Chapman Catt

While we all know that Carrie Chapman Catt fought tirelessly for women's suffrage both here and abroad and that she founded the League of Women Voters, here are some facts about this remarkable woman of which we may not be aware:
  • Originally interested in practicing medicine, Catt received a Bachelor of Science degree in general science in 1880. She was the only woman in her class.
  • When her husband died in 1885, Catt made a living by becoming San Francisco's first female newspaper reporter.
  • By 1900, Catt succeeded the 80-year-old activist Susan B. Anthony as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), the organizational predecessor to the League.
  • Catt returned to NAWSA as president in 1915. Catt's relentless campaigning is credited with helping win President Woodrow Wilson's respect and support -- which ultimately led to the passage of the 19th Amendment.
  • Catt was close friends with Eleanor Roosevelt, a fellow League leader and women's rights pioneer.
  • She supported efforts for both the League of Nations and the United Nations, the latter of which the League of Women Voters helped establish. Carrie Catt described the League as a "mighty experiment". Nearly 95 years later the League is still a mighty experiment in making democracy work through citizen education and engagement.
    Excerpted from LWVUS