South Hampton Roads

South Hampton Roads

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active citizen participation in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues through education and advocacy.

The state of Virginia was flooded with absentee ballot applications from a 3rd party that are pre-filled out.  Unfortunately, in many areas, the enclosed envelopes have the wrong voter registrar’s office return address.  Before you use these, please double-check the return address is for your City Registrar.

Woman Power the Vote
Event Date: 
Aug 12 2020 - 1:00pm

Has there ever been a more critical time to have women’s voices in politics?
On August 12, 2020, at 1 p.m. EDT, LWVUS’ Chief Executive Officer Virginia Kase will sit down with LWVUS President Deborah Turner for a one-hour discussion on what lies ahead for democracy in America, and how all women can be active participants.

Sharon Taylor McGlone
Event Date: 
Aug 15 2020 - 11:00am to 12:45pm

League of Women Voters of South Hampton Roads (LWVSHR) member, Sharon McGlone, will tell us about her experiences when she and six other African-American girls integrated the Spotsylvania County School district in 1963. This live online presentation, The Girls Who Brought the Walls Down….and the Walls that remain, is sponsored by the LWVSHR and is free and open to the public on Saturday August 15, 2020 at 11:00am.

One experience Sharon will share begins on the first day: "I had a slightly different first-day experience as a fourth-grader that year. As I entered the fourth grade classroom at Robert E. Lee Elementary School in August, 1963, a boy unleashed a racial epithet, saying his mother told him not to sit next to a N******. The teacher, a small stature woman, spoke in a commanding voice, ‘That word will never be used in this classroom again and she will sit where I tell her to sit.’ I felt a great sense of relief and knew that she would protect me in that classroom.”

Sharon, married, a mother of four, retired educator and new LWVSHR board member, will reflect on her experience 57 years ago as well as the impact on her life. Sharon reflects on this period of her life: “Remembering that period in my life always resurrects feelings of loss, unrealistic expectations and rejection. I remind my nine year old self that it’s OK to be me. I also accept that I am the change I want to see in this world.”

Sharon plans to encourage the conversation about the walls that still remain even after school integration. To join in this important and timely discussion, please RSVP to SHRLeague [at] with Subject: “Girls Who Brought The Walls Down” for login directions. The presentation is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of South Hampton Roads and is free and open to the public.

Event Date: 
Aug 22 2020 - 12:00pm to 10:00pm
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Smartmouth Beer

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing all women the right to vote! We’re celebrating this milestone with a big, bold DIPA with a hearty dose of Centennial hops - a strong beer, for strong women!
The League of Women Voters of South Hampton Roads will be onsite in Norfolk helping register people to vote!

Campaign for Woman Suffrage in Virginia
Event Date: 
Aug 27 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

"Written by three researchers at the Library of Virginia — Brent Tarter, Marianne Julienne and Barbara Batson — “The Campaign for Woman Suffrage in Virginia” tells the history that the state wouldn’t teach its schoolchildren. It’s understandable why. The campaign to allow women to vote doesn’t fit neatly into the official story that Virginia’s politicized textbook committee wanted to tell. Here’s another teaser: It doesn’t fit neatly into the story that a lot of people would prefer to tell today. History is messy, and this part of history is no exception." The Roanoke Times.
To obtain a link to the virtual meeting, RSVP to SHRLeague [at] with "Woman Suffrage" as the subject.

LWV-Virginia logo
Event Date: 
Sep 12 2020 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

LWV-Virginia Fall Workshops

Social Justice University
Event Date: 
Sep 27 2020 - 2:30pm to 5:30pm

This action-focused, ONLINE, educational briefing is FREE and the public is welcome, so tell your friends! Learn how to talk to your legislators about these issues:
Sign in 2:30pm, Program 3:00-5:00pm, Networking till 5:30pm
Please verify your legislative districts at You will need to know this for the breakout sessions.