Making Democracy Work

Make Democracy Work!

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
South Carolina is ranked 47th in gender equality and there is no doubt that SC women face significant institutional barriers. `The Need for Women's Voices in Today's World' will feature an overview of the challenges and current legislation both at the federal and state level in regard to access to healthcare and other policies that affect women and families, as well as provide concrete ways that women can advocate for change.

Panelist 1 - Lynn Teague, Advocacy Director for the League of Women Voters of South Carolina will present the landscape of state issues and current legislation that affect women and families, such as equal pay, pregnancy accommodations for working women; access to comprehensive healthcare, education and more.

Panelist 2 - Sue Burkowitz, Director SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center, will present ways in which federal laws and program affect women and families - issues such as Medicaid expansion, the CHIP program for children's health insurance and programs designed to lift families out of poverty, such as SNAP.

Panelist 3 - Tamika Gadsden of the Charleston Activist Network will speak to the importance of voter outreach and education as well as experiences organizing grassroots efforts for advocacy in diverse communities. This topic will round out the panel with a special emphasis on voter registration and voting in honor of National Voter Registration Day.

Moderator - Ashley Crary Lidow, Director of Policy and Government Relations at Women's Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN)

Upcoming Elections

Elections are November 6th, 2018! Democracy is not a spectator sport, so get out and participate. Encourage all your friends and family to vote too.

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The Surprising History of Gerrymandering

This video gives a history gerrymandering, a process that draws districts in such a way to ensure legislators pick their voters instead of voters picking their legislators.

Public Transportation

This video explains the history of public transportation in the US and why we must do better going forward.

Who We Are

The LWV of the Columbia Area represents members living in Richland and Lexington Counties. Membership in our league is open to all persons living in the Columbia area aged 16 and older.

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Special Members

Sarah Leverette and Keller Barron honored by USC Sarah Leverette and Keller Baron are lifetime members of the Leage of Women Voters of the Columbia Area. Their papers, letters, and records were placed in the USC Political Collections Library. They were honored with a celebration on March 10, 2016, at the Hollings Special Collections Library. The event honored the creation of the Sarah Leverette Collection.