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  • 22 Jul 2014 8:35 PM | Deleted user

    One benefit of League membership is the chance to be a part of the organization's long, rich history of protecting voter rights, engaging communities through education and outreach, and the progress made through advocacy. As part of my tenure as President of the League of Women Voters St. Paul, I want to highlight some of the fantastic stories from our local league.

    Nick Harper, a newly elected board member, spent a significant amount of time researching our local league story. Nick read old Voters, rifled through a seemingly endless number of digital files, and topped the research off with a trip to the Minnesota Historical Society. The product that came of his hard work is a fantastic brief history of the League of Women Voters St. Paul. Read the narrative below.


    In 1868, a recommendation to amend the Minnesota constitution by striking the word “male” as a requisite for holding office reached the floor of the Minnesota House of Representatives. The bill was met with laughter and immediately tabled by the men of the House. It wasn’t until 1875 that Minnesotan women were allowed to vote in any capacity, but only in local school elections. And it took until 1897 before Minnesotan women were allowed to vote in library elections and hold library offices. Progress was far too slow, and in response, St. Paul women began to form women’s interests groups such as the Ramsey County Suffrage Association and the Woman’s Welfare League of St. Paul, predecessors of the League of Women Voters (LWV) of St. Paul.

    On March 24, 1919, the National American Woman Suffrage Association met in St. Louis, Missouri, at which Carrie Chapman Catt, president of the Association, called upon the attendees to “raise up a league of women voters.” The same day, Minnesota enacted legislation to allow women to vote in presidential elections. Responding to the need to educate the expanding electorate in Minnesota, Cornelia Lusk and Jane Burr founded the Ramsey County League of Women Voters in November 1919.

    During the ’20s and ’30s, the League held day-long schools to instruct voters on the mechanics, history, and value of voting. In 1947, the Ramsey County League of Women Voters closed its doors, and a large portion of its membership became the League of Women Voters of St. Paul. In 1948, LWV St. Paul published “You are the Government” which sold over 17,000 copies its first year. LWV St. Paul published similar documents for decades, including the most recent version, “Guide to Government” in 2013. During the ’50s, LWV St. Paul published several other pamphlets and successfully lobbied for fair employment practices to become state law.

    Over the decades, LWV St. Paul has studied several environmental, local governance, and civil and constitutional rights issues and petitioned for changes to policies and practices. LWV St. Paul’s most recent work includes a 2009 Housing Report study observing the causes and effects of mortgage foreclosures, government actions on affordable housing, and recommended policies and practices. LWV St. Paul was also instrumental in the defeat of a voter ID referendum in 2012 that would have disenfranchised hundreds of voters. Today, LWV St. Paul continues to embody civic virtues of engagement and activism. Become part of history by joining the League of Women Voters of St. Paul today!

  • 14 Jul 2014 8:58 PM | Deleted user

    We've been working on telling our LWVSP story. Our most recent endeavor brings LWVSP into the 21st century. What do you think of this timeline in progress?

  • 02 Jun 2014 8:22 PM | Deleted user

    LWVSP is hiring a Candidate Forum Coordinator for the 2014 elections! Please click below for more detailed information:

    Forum Coordinator Job Posting 2014.docx

  • 26 Nov 2013 7:29 PM | Deleted user
    Contributed by Judy Screaton, Board Member

    Nice that a lot of new Leaguers and visitors joined us at the M and M meeting on Frogtown on Wednesday evening.  The enthusiasm in the room was palpable as we viewed photos and heard from the panel about the good things that are happening there. And a special thank you to both Bobbi Megard and Marian Watson for providing such interesting background information.
  • 30 Oct 2013 7:44 AM | Deleted user

    The League of Women Voters will once again participate in Give to the Max Day, a 24-hour giving marathon. In 2012, Give to the Max Day inspired more than 53,000 generous donors from Minnesota and beyond to give $16.3 million dollars, shattering previous event records. This year two donors, one to a nonprofit and one to a school, will be randomly chosen every hour to have $1,000 added to their donation. As a participant in Give to the Max Day, the League of Women Voters of St. Paul has a chance to win one of these additional donations. Be sure to visit GiveMN or use the widget below to donate to LWVSP by November 14, 2013.

    To learn more about Give to the Max Day, visit GiveMN.org for details.

  • 22 Oct 2013 10:10 AM | Deleted user

    Did you miss the recent Ward One and School Board Candidate Forums hosted by the League of Women Voters of St. Paul? Well, here is your chance to listen to what the candidates had to say. YouTube links and SPNN schedules for the Ward One Debate and the School Board Candidates/Achievement Gap forum are below:

    Link to the Achievement Gap/School Board forum:

    And the link to Ward One Debate:

    Here are the SPNN air dates:

    Ward One Candidate Forum 10-15-13                CP-DEB8-1301
    Tue 10/22/13 8:00    pm      
    Thu 10/24/13            1:00    pm
    Thu 10/24/13            10:00  pm      
    Sun 10/27/13            9:00    pm      
    Mon 10/28/13            9:00    am
    Tue 10/29/13 2:00    pm      
    Tue 10/29/13 7:00    pm
    Sat 11/02/13  2:00    pm      
    Sat 11/02/13  6:00    pm

    School Board Candidate Forum   10-17-13          CP-DEB8-1302
    Thu, 10/24/2013       8:00    pm
    Fri, 10/25/2013         9:00    am
    Sat, 10/26/2013        9:00    pm
    Sat, 10/26/2013        7:00    am
    Wed, 10/30/2013      9:00    am
    Thu, 10/31/2013       7:00    pm
    Thu, 10/31/2013       2:00    pm
    Sun, 11/03/2013      6:00    pm

  • 30 Sep 2013 8:14 AM | Deleted user
    Members and Friends: What's YOUR vision for community media and technology in our city? Sign up for a Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) focus group on the future of cable service, community media and technology. The focus groups are scheduled for Oct 2-4. Make your voice heard.

    See the following website for more information: http://www.spnn.org/FocusGroups.
  • 25 Sep 2013 7:24 PM | Anonymous member
    On Sept 11  State Rep Sheldon Johnson met with the Coalition for Impartial Justice,  constituents from District 67B and  interested St Paul LWV members.

    The Coalition for Impartial Justice led the discussion on the proposed constitutional amendment concerning judicial selection, retention and evaluation.The aim of the amendment is  to prevent judicial campaigns from becoming politically driven or judges being beholden to special interest groups that contribute large sums of money to a judges campaign.This reform would feature a nonpartisan performance evaluation commission, retention elections to ensure that voters retain accountability and performance evaluation results made available to voters.

    Rep. Johnson sits on the Judiciary Finance and Policy Judiciary Committee and was encouraged to support the amendment by the participating constituents. He does support the amendment but said that committee chair, Rep. Debra Hilstrom, is not a strong supporter of the amendment.

    The group thanks Byerlys for allowing any public group or person to meet in the space that used to be their restaurant.
  • 23 Sep 2013 7:50 PM | Deleted user
    The St. Paul League held a meeting on The Digital Divide September 18.  Our speakers were Kara Schommer of the St. Paul Community Literacy Consortium and Desiree Culpitt of AmeriCorps.  They the audience riveted for over an hour.  Sixteen people attended.  They provided us with web sites to give us more detailed information on the Digital Divide and Adult Digital training. Resources from the event are available here: Digital Divide Resources
  • 16 Sep 2013 12:10 PM | Deleted user
    It’s been a mild summer but it’s clearly a hot year for Candidate Forum and Moderator
    Training in Minnesota. Based on all the feedback from around the state, there will be
    four Workshops for League members interested in learning how to better plan candidate
    forums and how to become moderators. This workshop is primarily designed for new
    moderators and Voter Service Chairs/Forum Coordinators.  The workshop will include new modules, a mock forum and interactive exercises designed to encourage League members to share their experiences and learn from each other. Follow this link for more information: https://www.lwvmn.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=443.

    All workshops are open to anyone who is interested in attending! 

    Date & Time Time Location Details
    Friday, September 27 10:00am -
    Duluth, location to be
    Lunch will be available at cost.
    When registering, please indicate

    Saturday, September 28 12:00-
    Plymouth Public Library,
    15700 36th Ave. N.,
    Brown bag lunches and drinks
    with covers are permitted.

    Saturday, October 5 9:00am -
    League of Women Voters
    Minnesota Office
    550 Rice St., St. Paul
    Lunch will be ordered. When
    registering, please indicate
    interest. Or, bring your own.
    Please bring beverages of choice.

    Wednesday, October 9 4:30pm -
    Winona State University,
    Minne Hall, Room 109
    When registering, please indicate
    interest in box lunch. Please bring
    own beverage.

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