R 213
2019 -- H 5981
Enacted 04/10/2019

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Carson, Ruggiero, Corvese, Speakman, and Donovan
Date Introduced: April 10, 2019

     WHEREAS, The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization that has, over
its distinguished past, played a critical role in fostering civil debate and shaping public policy in
myriad ways to reform government and create a more just and equitable society; and
     WHEREAS, Carrie Chapman Catt, the President of the National Woman Suffrage
Association, proposed the National League of Women Voters as a department of the National
Suffrage Association at its convention in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 19, 1919, a year before
the 19th Amendment was passed; and
     WHEREAS, A state charter was secured for the League of Women Voters of the Rhode
Island State Division by the Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association on April 1, 1919; and
     WHEREAS, Ms. Chapman campaigned tirelessly, across the United States, for passage
of the 19th Amendment and was successful when it was finally passed in 1920. Another key
reason Ms. Chapman founded The League of Women Voters was the hope that by motivating the
twenty million American women who could now vote, they would use their new right in ways
that would influence and shape public policy and the elected officials making these decisions; and
     WHEREAS, Through the years, the League has sponsored numerous “Get Out The Vote”
campaigns, and sponsored and hosted Presidential debates in 1976, 1980, and 1984. The League
has also played a leading role at critical junctures in American history including, President
Truman inviting the League to serve as a consultant to the United States delegation at the United
Nations Charter Conference in 1945. In the 1960s, League membership peaked at 157,000
members. In support of the Civil Rights movement, the League supported equal access to
education and employment; and
     WHEREAS, More recently, the League of Women Voters has strongly advocated in
support of protecting our environment, health care rights and access, and the protection of our
voting rights in addition to supporting legislation to make it easier to register, such as the
National Registration Act of 1993, commonly known as the “Motor-Voter Act” which required
states to offer the opportunity to register to vote to anyone who applies for, or renews a driver’s
license; and
     WHEREAS, For 100 years the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island and the League
of Women Voters of Providence have collaborated with other organizations to increase civic
participation and fight for important reforms such as fair elections, open government, campaign
finance reform, education and environmental protection. It is fitting to honor and recognize the
League’s numerous accomplishments and thank them for their advocacy on behalf of the rights’
of women, minorities, and other historically disadvantaged groups; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby joyously celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the
League of Women Voters of Rhode Island on April 10, 2019; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to Ms. Virginia Kase, Chief Executive Officer,
League of Women Voters, and Ms. Jane Koster, President of the Rhode Island League of Women