On Women’s Equality Day, students had the opportunity to speak with Voters Service Director for the League of Women Voters Charleston, Joan Zaleski. This day is celebrated each year to commemorate the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920. Joan spoke with students on August 26 about the struggle for the right to vote and advice for being active and informed citizens. She also fielded questions from our students – both on-campus and virtually from home.
This presentation was part of our exploration of government and elections and culminates in our exit polling project on Election Day. Students also heard from candidates from various political parties, political scientists, and others. Talking with them enables our students to form their own opinions based on research and first-hand experience – key concepts in developing students who will think critically for themselves.
The League of Women Voters Charleston has been helping “Make Democracy Work” since 1947. They encourage “informed and active participation in government” and “influence public policy through education and advocacy, but never support or oppose any political party or candidate”. [x]
To learn more about the work Ms. Zaleski does and the mission of the League of Women Voters Charleston, visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/LWVCharleston/