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Term: League of Women Voters

Definition: Started in 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt and other leaders of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, the League encouraged participation in the electoral process by women without advocating other women's issues: "We are not feminists primarily," wrote one leader; "we are citizens."

[Source: McBride, Genevieve G. On Wisconsin women. (Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 1993); Reader's Companion to American Hitory (]
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