The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, multipurpose organization of women and men that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences policy through education and advocacy. The League does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. We do provide a forum where all candidates to an office can state their own positions.
President: supervises and manages all business of the state league. This can be a "shared position" with two Co-Presidents.
First Vice President/Membership: works to grow the chapter, developing new local chapters.
Second Vice President/Voter Services: coordinates all services to enhance voter registration, education, etc.
Also open are four Board of Director Positions. These positions are also a two-year term and receive and may receive an assignment at the direction of the President. In the past, some of these assignments have been Public Relations, Legislative Liaison, and National Issues.
All Officers and Board of Directors must participate in four regular meetings each year. Participation may be via conference telephone or similar.
Over the four-day Convention, delegates voted on the priorities that the national organization should focus on for the next biennium. The Campaign for Making Democracy Work® includes ensuring a free, fair, and accessible electoral system for all eligible voters by focusing on Voting Rights, Improving Elections, and advocacy for the National Popular Vote Compact, Campaign Finance/Money in Politics, and Redistricting.
During Convention, Hattiesburg's Catherine Perry Cotton was elected to the LWVUS Board of Directors/Trustees.
Catherine Perry Cotton, Ph.D, has a distinguished career in education where she has held teaching and administrative positions that include academic and research positions. As a League member, her emphasis is to build and support viable community coalitions that empower all citizens beginning with the education and voter registration of those at the high schools, colleges, and universities. Currently, Catherine serves as the Treasurer in a new League of Women Voters chapter in the Pine Belt region. Dr. Cotton was instrumental in securing millions of dollars in state, federal, and private foundation funding supporting curriculum development, teacher education, technology innovations and workforce development. Her numerous leadership roles include the Mississippi Academy of Sciences, Humanities Council, and Nature Conservancy Boards. Cotton received her B.A. in Mathematics; M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from West Virginia University; and Ph.D. from The University of Southern Mississippi in Science Education with areas in mathematics and educational research.
Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill welcomes League of Women Voters and speaks of Girl emPowerment Program with one of its goals of encouraging dialogue among classmates with differing opinions at elementary schools. Starting young!
Women Writers + a panel discussion of support and obstacles for women writers in Oxford featuring Ann Abadie, Sarah Frances Hardy, and Lisa Howorth.
Women Leaders + a panel discussion of the obstacles and challenges facing women in leadership positions
"How Legislation is Made in Mississippi" - presentation by Representative Jay Hughes