The Upper Keys League of Women Voters is a chapter of the League of Women Voters of Florida. We are proud to be members of this non-partisan voice for voter empowerment! From a small group of five women in 2016, our membership has grown to five times that and we’re continuing to grow! Our local league is run by a Board of Directors which is elected annually at our General Meeting, held in March or April of each year. Current officers are:
President Catherine Bosworth
Vice President Brenda Carr
Treasurer Ginette Hughes
Member at Large Linda Kaplan
Member at Large Ann Helmers
Past President Christine Latronico
The League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920 during the convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. The convention was held just six months before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote after a 72-year struggle.
The League began as a “mighty political experiment” designed to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters. It encouraged them to use their new power to participate in shaping public policy. From the beginning, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy. It was then, and is now, a nonpartisan organization. League founders believed that maintaining a nonpartisan stance would protect the fledgling organization from becoming mired in the party politics of the day. However, League members were encouraged to be political themselves, by educating citizens about, and lobbying for, government and social reform legislation.
This holds true today. The League is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public. The League has a long, rich history that continues with each passing year.