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Your Views: Speakers offer insight into women’s suffrage

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February 17, 2014

On Sunday, I had the pleasure and honor of attending the annual Susan B. Anthony Birthday Party at the Pontiac Convention Center. The event was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Janesville and Beloit and was open to the public.

The event featured two amazing speakers. Andrea Kaminski, the executive director of the Wisconsin League of Women Voters, spoke on women’s voting rights and the impact Wisconsin redistricting has on women’s, senior citizens’ and minorities’ access to the polls and fair representation. Kaminski made the compelling argument that voters should be choosing candidates, not candidates choosing voters.

Then Rose Stephenson portrayed Susan B. Anthony and, speaking in character, told Susan’s life history from birth to death. She reminded us how important it is to work together for equality and justice.

Both speakers provided great historical education and current information regarding women’s suffrage.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government, especially local elections. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose political parties or candidates.

I would encourage everyone to check out their website, lwvjvl.org, and remember to vote in the upcoming spring elections!

GARY L. GROELLE

Milton



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