Civic Education

$50/student is devoted to Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) instruction in the U.S.; 5 cents/student for civic education. In spite of this, “informed voters” is a major goal of the League of Women Voters. Thus, our local League has provided “Civics 101” webinars in recent years in partnership with the Williamsburg Regional Library. To request a live group presentation, please contact us.

Civics or Civic Education: Same or Different?

What can you do during this period of unrest in America—in addition to voting? What does civics mean to you? Do you need a refresher crash course? Start by learning—in this webinar from the Williamsburg Area League of Women Voters, co-sponsored with the Williamsburg Regional Library. It covers the basics of civics, some naturalization test questions, civic duties, civic education resources for teachers and parents and how to be a better informed citizen in a democracy. Powerpoint Slides (pdf)

The Fight for Voting Rights in America

How did voting rights in our Constitution evolve since 1787? What did our Founding Fathers envision about voting? What is the history of the power of voting in America? This Civics 101 webinar answers these questions, reviews the effects of Jim Crow laws, and prepares voters for the recent changes in election laws in Virginia. Powerpoint slides (pdf)

100 Years+ of Women Suffrage: Standing on their shoulders

Women were not GIVEN the right to vote. They had to fight for it for 72 years and more. Who were the women who fought this long battle for suffrage until the 19th Amendment was ratified? And what was the untold story of women of color who were marginalized in this suffrage movement? Powerpoint slides (pdf)

Barriers to Voting: Fraud or Suppression

Voter suppression and intimidation have gotten a lot more sophisticated since Jim Crow days. But it is still alive and now includes the spreading of misinformation and charges of fraud. How much does casting doubt on the legitimacy of elections hurt our democracy? How can voters face these barriers and regain trust in our election system? Powerpoint Slides (pdf)

Juneteenth: What it is and what it isn’t Powerpoint slides (pdf)

We also promote these Civic Education resources for classrooms, home study, and self-enrichment: