From its inception, the League has worked for equal rights and social reform. In the early years, the League was one of the first organizations to address such issues as child welfare, maternal and child health programs, child labor protection and laws that discriminated against women.
The League of Women Voters believes that the federal government shares with other levels of government the responsibility to provide equality of opportunity for education, employment and housing for all persons in the United States regardless of their race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation or disability.
Employment opportunities in modern, technological societies are closely related to education. Therefore, the League supports programs to increase the education and training of disadvantaged people. The League supports federal, state and local efforts to prevent and/or remove discrimination in education, employment and housing and to help communities bring about racial integration of their school systems.
The League of Women Voters supports equal rights for all regardless of sex. The League supports action to bring laws into compliance with the ERA: to eliminate or amend those laws that have the effect of discriminating on the basis of sex, to promote laws that support the goals of the ERA, and to strengthen the enforcement of such existing laws.
The kinds of educational programs the League supports includes: programs in basic education, occupational education, and retraining when needed at any point of an individual’s working career as well as expanded opportunities in apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs.
The LWV supports child-care centers for preschool children to give parents the opportunity for employment and greatly increased educational opportunity through compensatory programs for disadvantaged groups beginning at the preschool level and extending through secondary education.
The LWV supports federal financial aid to help needy students remain in high school and to take advantage of post-high school training and education and a regional approach where appropriate to problems of economically depressed areas that cuts across state lines.
It is valuable to have programs that would inform individuals of their civil rights in education, employment and housing and of the opportunities open to them.
Opportunities for purchase or renting of homes and for borrowing money for housing should not be restricted because of discriminatory reasons such as race, color, sex, religion or national origin. Responsibility in the nationwide effort to achieve equality of opportunity for access to housing resides with government at all levels and with the private sector —builders, lending institutions, realtors, labor unions, business and industry, news media, civic organizations, educational institutions, churches, and private citizens.
Working together we can seek to secure equal rights and equal opportunity for all and promote social and economic justice,health and safety in our county, state and nation.
The League of Women Voters, open to men as well as women, is a nonpartisan, multi-issue political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase public understanding of major policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For information about the LWV, visit the website: www.lwvmontco.org or send a message to LWVMC, PO Box 101, Crawfordsville, IN 47033.