Way Back When … 1920
Published 9:48 am, Friday, February 10, 2017
In Fairfield, the League of Women Voters is a vibrant organization that continues to organize community events that encourage thoughtful discourse. This weekend the League is hosting a speaker on immigration at the Fairfield Museum on Sunday, February 12 at 3pm. “Immigration: The Facts of the Matter” is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served before the lecture, starting at 2:30pm.
The LWV was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920 during the convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. The convention was held just six months before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote after a 72-year struggle. The photo here shows members of the LWV at the 1920 democratic convention.
According to the LWV’s website, “the League began as a ‘mighty political experiment’ designed to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters. It encouraged them to use their new power to participate in shaping public policy. From the beginning, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy. It was then, and is now, a nonpartisan organization. League founders believed that maintaining a nonpartisan stance would protect the fledgling organization from becoming mired in the party politics of the day. However, League members were encouraged to be political themselves, by educating citizens about, and lobbying for, government and social reform legislation.”
Today the LWV is still a nonpartisan group that encourages informed and active participation in government. This weekend’s presentation features Alicia Kinsman of the Immigration Institute of Connecticut (IICONN). She will discuss issues facing immigrants and refugees: fundamentals of immigration law, steps and barriers to citizenship and resources available to immigrants and refugees. According to the local LWV, “Fairfield League of Women Voters thinks it is important to understand these terms and the implications for those who live with them and for public policy.”
The Fairfield Museum and History Center is located at 370 Beach Road. Learn more about the history and culture of Fairfield, view rotating exhibitions and purchase Fairfield-themed gifts at the Museum. For more information visit Fairfieldhistory.org or call (203) 259-1598; Fairfieldhistory.org. The Museum and Museum Shop are open daily, 10am to 4pm.