The next year, on February 14, 1920 - six months before the 19th amendment to the Constitution was ratified - the League was formally organized in Chicago as the national League of Women Voters. Catt described the purpose of the new organization:
"The League of Women Voters is not to dissolve any present organization but to unite all existing organizations of women who believe in its principles. It is not to lure women from partisanship but to combine them in an effort for legislation which will protect coming movements, which we cannot even foretell, from suffering the untoward conditions which have hindered for so long the coming of equal suffrage. Are the women of the United States big enough to see their opportunity?"
Maud Wood Park became the first national president of the League and thus the first League leader to rise to the challenge. She had steered the women's suffrage amendment through Congress in the last two years before ratification and liked nothing better than legislative work. From the very beginning, however, it was apparent that the legislative goals of the League were not exclusively focused on women's issues and that citizen education aimed at all of the electorate was in order.
Since its inception, the League has helped millions of women and men become informed participants in government. In fact, the first league convention voted 69 separate items as statements of principle and recommendations for legislation. Among them were protection for women and children, right of working women, food supply and demand, social hygiene, the legal status of women, and American citizenship.The League's first major national legislative success was the passage of the Sheppard-Towner Act providing federal aid for maternal and child care programs. In the 1930's, League members worked successfully for enactment of the Social Security and Food and Drug Acts. Due at least in part to League efforts, legislation passed in 1938 and 1940 removed hundreds of federal jobs from the spoils system and placed them under Civil Service.
During the postwar period, the League helped lead the effort to establish the United Nations and to ensure U.S. Participation. The League was one of the first organizations in the country officially recognized by the United Nations as a non-governmental organization; it still maintains official observer status today.
See also League History from the League of Women Voters of the US.
Our first President was Helen Haldy Kitzmiller, the Special Assistant to the Headmaster at WRA for 30 years.
In 1964, Hudson League of Women Voters conducted a study on the feasibility of having a community recreation program that would operate through the schools. Soon after, HCER was formed under the auspices of the HCSD.
An LWVH education study was completed on the Hudson Local School District in 1995 and a position was taken which remains today, "Continue support of adequate financing to maintain or improve the Hudson School System" and an informational booklet, "Hudson Know Your Schools" was distributed to the public.
In 2011, a new study, Hudson: Know Your Public School District, was approved and completed.
In 2008, LWVH celebrated 70 years in Hudson with an historical presentation by Tom Vince, WRA Archivist/Historian.
In February 2011, LWVH completed a Know Your Hudson Library Study and formed a new position statement.
Interspersed with these activities the LWVH continues its long history of providing candidate forums, voter guides, studies, issue advocacy/lobbying and citizen education in Hudson.
We have also taken on updating our earlier studies, showing a commitment to reviewing any changes in factual information in order to take reasoned stands on the issues.