League Of Women Voters Arizona Sees Hike In Membership

Published: Monday, October 1, 2018 - 12:54pm

Women are expected to vote in masses not seen since they backed the right to vote in 1920.

In 1921, New York, politicians ignored the newly formed League of Women Voters (LWV) calling their causes evil and "socialistic." Political historians say it worked for 50 years.

Recently, Arizona has seen a spike in its local league membership — but don't assume women will automatically vote by gender.

"Women are not monolithic in their approach to issues," warned LWV Arizona Co-President Robyn Prudhomme-Bauer.

She said Arizona women will vote, for the most part, according to issues that impact them, "such as housing, public education, the environment, and of course pay equity in professions that we choose."

She added that the biggest barriers for women voting today are pressure in homes where cultural norms discourage women from registering, completing paperwork as a new resident and filing documents when their name changes after a marriage or divorce.

There's still time to register to vote. The deadline is October 9.

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