League of Women Voters of Plainfield Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Plainfield, NJ— The League of Women Voters of Plainfield is the oldest active League chapter in New Jersey. The first meeting of the League of Women Voters of Plainfield and North Plainfield took place on May 14, 1920, three months to the day after the formation of the League of Women Voters of the United States and a one month after formation of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey.

During the summer of 1920, the League of Women Voters of Plainfield established a citizenship school to help educate newly enfranchised women about their civic responsibility. As a result, the League of Women Voters of Plainfield registered over 3,000 women in Plainfield ahead of the 1920 election.

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When the Plainfield League was first established, membership dues were only 20¢ a year. In addition to voter education work, the League formed issue advocacy areas to influence public policy. The Plainfield League concentrated on child welfare, social hygiene, women in industry, citizenship, and fair price.

Today, the Plainfield League continues to provide residents, both men and women, with factual, nonpartisan information on candidates and ballot issues. The League distributes this information through voter's guides, candidate forums, town meetings, and debates. The Plainfield League also conducts voter registration drives and get out the vote efforts.

The League of Women Voters envisions a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate. As members of the League of Women Voters, Plainfield area residents can add their voices along with over 300,000 League members and supporters across the country, in making democracy work.

Since 1920, League members have shaped the issues that impact our communities and our democracy through their connection to the League. The League's grassroots, nonpartisan network is one of New Jersey's most trusted institutions. To join the League of Women Voters in making democracy work, contact us at LWVNJPlainfield@gmail.com

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The League of Women Voters of New Jersey is a non-partisan political organization, founded in April 1920 as a successor to the New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association. Today the League encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LWVPlfdNJ/

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