The League of Women Voters of Amherst celebrated the national organization's 99th birthday with a luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Ginger Garden Restaurant. The luncheon was attended by 60 people, and State Rep. Mindy Domb, D-Amherst, was the keynote speaker.
Domb, who represents the third Hampshire district, updated LWVA members on several pending items of state legislation, including the "Diaper Bill." This bill would create a state fund to help provide diapers to low-income families at sites across the state. Domb, the former executive director of the Amherst Survival Center, has also co-sponsored legislation to amend the state Constitution's language on swearing-in of elected officials. The state Constitution now requires any official who is not taking a standard oath to be sworn in by a Quaker. Currently, only a Quaker is allowed not to take the standard swearing in oath.
Domb is advocating in support of gender neutrality and other issues. A link to bills she has co-sponsored can be found at her legislative web site page.
The League of Women Voters was founded on Feb. 14, 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt during the convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, and was that movement's direct successor organization. The 1920 convention was held six months before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote after a 72-year struggle, was ratified.
LWVA will celebrate the Amherst League's 80th anniversary with an event next month on March 21st.