With the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the United States approaching next year, the local League of Women Voters, or LWV, kicks of a year squarely aimed towards the future.
With its upcoming year of programming the Corvallis LWV seeks to, “ensure that the next generation knows they have a responsibility to have their voices heard, ” says Chapter President Jessica McDonald.
Wednesday Kick-off for a New Agenda
The Corvallis League of Women Voters is holding their fall kick-off at the Corvallis-Benton County Library on September 25 at 7 p.m. According to McDonald, the kick-off is a way to highlight the league’s agenda for the coming year.
This year’s event will emphasize engaging the next generation of political advocates. By McDonald’s account, young voters are not satisfied with indirect participation in the political process. “They need something to do, a way to make an impact.” Thus, at the kick-off the League will be demonstrating concrete ways for them to get involved.
The featured speaker at the kick-off is Candalynn Johnson, the Campaign Coordinator for the LWV of Oregon. Johnson will be talking about her experience becoming involved in activism, having been an active participant in student government at Linn-Benton Community College and Oregon State University and a first generation college graduate. McDonald believes that elevating Johnson’s voice and perspective could help inspire more young people to do the same.
The League has a big milestone approaching, as next year will be the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the United States. In McDonald’s opinion, that makes it more important than ever for the League to “ensure that the next generation knows they have a responsibility to have their voices heard.”
By Brandon Urey