We're kicking off a new segment on WEMU called "In The Public Interest." It is a bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area talking about the importance of a politically engaged community. 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry begins.
The conversation includes an honorary lifetime member of the league, Mary Hathaway, who talks about what it was like to join the league in the mid 60's and how it has changed and evolved.
When it was first formed and more women were less involved in the workforce the league was 20 million women strong. As more women began to enter the workforce, membership and participation declined but has recently found a new resurgence in interest and participation.
Democracy and non-partisanship are important to the league that includes about a ten percent male membership as well. Their bottom line mission is to motivate and educate people about the importance of informing themselves and exercising their right to vote.
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