Today in Texas History – October 19

From the Annals of Democracy –  In 1919, the League of Women Voters of Texas, a nonpartisan political organization, was formed at San Antonio.  The LWV-Texas was created by the members of the Texas Equal Suffrage Association which was made irrelevant by the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote.  The LWV-Texas selected Jessie Daniel Ames of Georgetown as its first president.  The group focused its early efforts on educating the newly enfranchised women voters of the state.   The LWV-Texas now works to encourage active participation in government, increase understanding of major public policy issues, influence public policy through education and advocacy, and inform citizens about the voting process and positions of the candidates.

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