League of Women Voters

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Known as “Women’s Equality Day,” August 26 is the day when the national law that went into effect in 1920 gave American women the right to vote and hold elective office.

Once the 19th Amendment became law, an organization called the League of Women Voters was created to help educate women about their new responsibility as voters.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar spoke with Mary Knecht of the League’s local chapter about Kansas’ role in this history.

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Today marks the 95th anniversary of the vote that gave women full voting rights in national and state elections.

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution was not an easy victory for the tens of thousands of women involved in the suffrage movement.

The women’s suffrage movement had been waging a battle for equal voting rights for more than 70 years leading up to that crucial vote on Aug.18, 1920.

The ratification vote came down to one vote, from one state: Tennessee.

The head of the League of Women Voters of Kansas is hoping that seeing the governor's schedule could reveal the names of candidates for an open court seat. The league has filed an open records request for the calendars of Gov. Sam Brownback and some of his staff.