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The Stamford Historical Society: Inventoried Collection

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Inventory of the Papers of The League of Women Voters of Stamford


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How the League Began

The League of Women Voters came into being in 1920, the year woman suffrage was written into the Constitution. It grew out of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, which spearheaded the 72-year drive to get women the vote.

As its first task the League took on teaching the 20 million recently enfranchised women how to carry out their new responsibilities. League emphasis then, as now, focused on the importance of individuals working together to achieve good government responsive to the needs of all citizens.

Guiding Principles

The League of Women Voters believes in Representative Government and the individual liberties established in the U.S. Constitution.

The League of Women Voters believes that

  • Democratic government depends upon the informed and active participation of its citizens.
  • Every citizen should be protected in his right to vote and have access to free public education which provides equal opportunity for all and no person or group should suffer legal, economic or administrative discrimination.
  • Efficient and economical government requires competent personnel, the clear assignment of responsibility, adequate financing and coordination among the different agencies and levels of government.
  • Responsible government should be responsive to the will of the people; should maintain an equitable and flexible system of taxation, promote the conservation and development of natural resources in the public interest, share in the solution of economic and social problems which affect the general welfare, promote a stable and expanding economy and adopt domestic policies which facilitate the solution of international problems.
  • Cooperation with other nations is essential in the search for solutions to world problems and the development of international organization and international law is imperative in the promotion of world peace.

Ramona Tisch
Stamford Historical Society
March 2004

Thanks also to Joseph Cotrone
who did valued early work on the collection

The Inventory IC013 contains 37 boxes of material.

The League of Women Voters of Stamford
The League of Women Voters of Connecticut, Inc.
The League of Women Voters (National Organization)
Historical Documents of the National League
The League of Women Voters and Harold I. June, June 26, 1930

Inventoried Collection Register
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