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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.

Vote 411 for 2019 is now live.

Log onto BEFORE you vote on November 5!

Vote 411, providing information about candidate positions for the November, 2019 city and school board election in Story County, is now live.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to encouraging informed and active participation in government, invites you to check out their on-line voter guide at  The guide has important information for both those new to voting as well as veteran voters.  The website provides information on how to become a registered voter; the location of your correct polling place, information on early voting and absentee ballots, provides information on the candidates and their positions on important issues, and even allows the user to build a “ballot” of candidate preferences that can be taken to the polls on election day.

This year League of Women Voters of Ames & Story County has
invited candidates from 7 races in Story County to provide input to the VOTE411
voter guide.  Those races include the
Ames City Council, the Ames School Board, the Huxley City Council, the Huxley
Mayor, the Nevada City Council, the Nevada School Board and the Story City,
City Council. 

Check out this amazing voting
tool -  Then Vote on Tuesday, November 5.

Ames City Council Candidate Forum held on Oct. 1

The Ames City Council Candidate Forum was held on October 1 in the Ames City Council Chambers, and was moderated by Linda Hagedorn, LWV of Ames & Story County president.

Including the five candidates (Joe Van Erdewyk, Rachel Junck, Chris Nelson, Bronwyn Beatty-Hansen and Tim Gartin), five Voter Service members and the audience members, 55 people were in attendance.

If you weren't able to attend the forum, you can view a video of it on the city's YouTube channel at

League fundraiser at Worldly Goods

Please help us support the work of the League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County while purchasing unique gifts and artifacts from Worldly Goods, a non-profit organization that provides a marketplace for artisans of the world to be paid a living wage and work in safe conditions. Worldly Goods has agreed to return 20% of all sales accrued on November 20, 7-9pm if sales exceed $1,000, or 15% of sales if sales do not exceed $1,000.

Your support
is especially important this year as we prepare our activities and education
related to the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment
giving women the right to vote! We ask your help to maximize our sales and
receive the full 20%.

You will
enjoy finding the truly unique gift for everyone on your holiday gift list.
This is a wonderful opportunity to support our local League while purchasing
some amazing handicrafts.

Goods is located at 223 Main Street, Ames.

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