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History of The League of Women Voters


The League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area is a Local League, founded in 1920 when the 19th amendment was ratified, giving women the right to vote. The LWV, Montclair Area is one of over 700 Local Leagues throughout the U.S. and its territories.


Before the creation of the League of Women Voters there was a century-long struggle that included hardships, suffering, and setbacks. Brave American women took part in the battle to win the right to vote. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Sarah Remond, sisters Margaretta Forten and Harriet Forten Purvis are among the many “mothers” of the 19th Amendment.


The League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area is among several other New Jersey Leagues whose focus is local and regional issues within Essex County.


                                         Carrie Chapman


Photo: Carrie Chapman Catt (1913) Suffragist and Founder of the League of Women Voters

Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

https://www.loc.gov/item/mnwp000166/