Making Democracy Work

The Importance of the Census

The League of Women Voters invites the community to a program about the importance of the upcoming census. Individual participation in the census impacts our community's share of federal funding - or our piece of the pie - so join us as Susan Gwiasda, City of Ames Information Officer, presents information on the importance of the 2020 census, specifically how these results impact many programs in our community.

Thursday February 20th, 7:00 p.mNorthminster Presbytarian Church1416 20th St., Ames

Free and open to the public

Climate Crisis Parade

Sat, February 1, 2020Noon-3 PM

Cowles Commons 221 Walnut StreetDes Moines, IA 50309

Join more than 50 groups - as an individual, family, or
organization - to rally the media to cover the cause of so many urgent issues
of the 2020 election: CLIMATE!

Meet at Cowles Commons to hear influential climate
activists make the climate connections. 
Then we will march through the streets or skywalks (weather dependent)
to the Iowa Events Center, with our Iowa Caucus message: “We Challenge YOU
…!" - urging the media to do a better job covering climate.   Please note
that, because we’re working for the good of the planet and all its inhabitants,
we will not welcome those with offensive or violent messages. We also will not
include or welcome partisan messaging of any type.

Four speakers will kick-off the parade, Tyler LaMere and
Keely Driscoll. LaMere is a Winnebago activist from Nebraska and the daughter
of Michelle Free-LaMere. Driscoll is a member of the Meskwaki nation and a
student of international studies at the University of Iowa. They will be joined
by Isabelle Brace, co-state Iowa lead for Iowa Climate Strike, inspired by
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, and Ako Abdul-Samad, the director of Creative
Visions, an Iowa non-profit serving the greater Des Moines area.

Our local LWV of Ames & Story County League is a
co-sponsor of the parade.  The climate crisis
issue is critical and in line with our own Waste Management
Study.  We hope that you are able to join
the parade.  For more information  and to register you can click
"going" on the coalition's Facebook event page, or indicate your
attendance at Eventbrite.

19th Amendment Centennial Commemoration Statewide Kickoff

The statewide kickoff for the 19th Amendment Centennial Commemoration is coming up on Feb. 14, 2020.

theme of the year’s events is “Hard Won. Not Done.”

As part of the kickoff event, award-winning journalist and writer Elaine Weiss will speak about the lessons of the woman suffrage movement and the relevance of its themes in 2020. She will deliver her talk, “The Woman’s Hour,” at 1 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.

The kickoff will also feature a performance of “The Yellow Rose of Suffrage” by Iowa State University theater professor emerita Jane Cox; breakout sessions that will address the often-overlooked contributions of African-American, immigrant and working class women and place the suffrage story into the larger context of the expansion of voting rights; and performances of suffrage songs and selections from a new musical, “The Suffragist.”

The kickoff is free and open to the public. For a full agenda of the afternoon's events, visit….

Events will continue throughout the 2020 calendar year. For more
information about the centennial celebration, to make a donation, and to view
the calendar of events, please visit the commemoration committee’s website at

Faces and Places: An Historic Suffrage Tour

You are invited to join the League for a motor coach tour of historic sites on the Hudson River, including the Roosevelt Museum and Eleanor’s private cottage retreat. From there, journey to the Finger Lakes region and Seneca Falls, home of early suffragist activities and the first Women’s Convention. See Harriet Tubman’s home and visit the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s home is on the schedule for Rochester, and finish with a stop at beautiful Niagara Falls. Meet new friends from across Iowa and sample good food and wines of Upper New York State.

For more information about the tour, visit .

League Undertaking a Local Waste Management Study

The League is undertaking in 2019 a Local Waste Management Study. This is. in part, an update of earlier League studies and, also a broader examination of alternatives for the future of waste management in Ames and Story County. In 1973, the League of Women Voters of Ames completed a Solid Waste Management Study, which was one of the driving forces behind the conversion of the City of Ames from traditional solid waste disposal to the development of the Arnold Chantland Resource Recovery Plant. And in 1981, the local League completed an Ames Municipal Electric Utility Study, which was updated in 1988 and amended in 2004. From the perspective of 2019, an update and broadening of the earlier studies is in order. For more information, go to the page describing the new study in more depth.