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Citizen Experts: The League of Women Voters and Environmental Conservation

Citizen Experts: The League of Women Voters and Environmental Conservation Citizen Experts The League of Women Voters and Environmental Conservation terrianne k. schulte The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 by members of the Na- tional American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) as a nonpartisan or- ganization dedicated to helping women use their newly established right to vote to infl uence the public policy arena. While NAWSA was primarily cen- tered on the passage of women’s suffrage, its successor, the League of Women Voters, opted to become a “good government” organization focusing on issues of interest to all citizens rather than solely embracing women’s issues. But women’s issues certainly motivated League members’ advocacy. As they trans- formed their concerns for their families and communities into focused policy agendas, League members contributed to a rich heritage of women’s reform activities that was shaped, in part, by women who were active in clubs. Thus, by carrying on the tradition of civic activism as clubwomen, the League pro- vides a critical lens for exploring women’s activism throughout the twentieth century that illustrates a sense of continuity in women’s organizing tradition. Surprisingly however, much of the League’s work in environmental conserva- tion and in restoring and protecting the environment has been largely http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies University of Nebraska Press

Citizen Experts: The League of Women Voters and Environmental Conservation

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University of Nebraska Press
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1536-0334

Abstract

Citizen Experts The League of Women Voters and Environmental Conservation terrianne k. schulte The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 by members of the Na- tional American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) as a nonpartisan or- ganization dedicated to helping women use their newly established right to vote to infl uence the public policy arena. While NAWSA was primarily cen- tered on the passage of women’s suffrage, its successor, the League of Women Voters, opted to become a “good government” organization focusing on issues of interest to all citizens rather than solely embracing women’s issues. But women’s issues certainly motivated League members’ advocacy. As they trans- formed their concerns for their families and communities into focused policy agendas, League members contributed to a rich heritage of women’s reform activities that was shaped, in part, by women who were active in clubs. Thus, by carrying on the tradition of civic activism as clubwomen, the League pro- vides a critical lens for exploring women’s activism throughout the twentieth century that illustrates a sense of continuity in women’s organizing tradition. Surprisingly however, much of the League’s work in environmental conserva- tion and in restoring and protecting the environment has been largely

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Frontiers: A Journal of Women StudiesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Feb 4, 2010

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