The Wilton League of Women Voters continues its mission to inform voters by co-sponsoring two major voter forums for state and federal candidates.

On Tuesday, October 13th at 7:00 pm, the Wilton League of Women Voters, the Wilton Library Association, and GOOD Morning Wilton will co-sponsor two Ct State legislative candidate debates between Will Haskell (D) and Kim Healy (R/Independent) for Senate District 26 and Stephanie Thomas(D/Working Families) and Patrizia Zucaro(R/Independent) for House District 143.

The Haskell/Healy forum will run from 7:00-8:00pm and the Thomas/Zucaro forum will run from 8:30-9:30pm. Both will be livestreamed from Wilton Library’s Brubeck Room. Please note: following current protocols there will be no live audience in the building. The debate sessions will follow a modified town hall format moderated by Marianne Pollak of the Stamford LWV who will present questions submitted by the public to the candidates.

The WLWV is soliciting questions ahead of the debates via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Questions for Haskell/Healy will be accepted until 7:15pm and questions for Thomas/Zucaro will be accepted until 8:45pm. Here are some important guidelines for submitting questions: anonymous emails will not be accepted; only one question can be submitted per email; all questions must be applicable to all candidates and pertinent to state issues; questions targeted at one specific candidate will not be accepted. All questions will be screened for legibility, duplication, and may be combined or condensed.

GOOD Morning Wilton has arranged to livestream the debates online. They can be viewed live in real time on GOODMorningWilton.com. In addition, the event will be recorded for later viewing at GOODMorningWilton.com, www.wiltonlibrary.org, and elsewhere as available.

On Sunday October 18th at 4:00 p.m., the Ct. League of Women Voters, the Westport Library the Wilton League of Women Voters, and other Leagues within the district will sponsor a candidate forum between Jim Himes (D) and Jonathan Riddle (R) for the 4th Congressional District. The format will be moderated by Kay Maxwell of the Ct. League of Women Voters and publicly live-streamed from the Trefz Forum at the Westport Library. Registration is required on the Westport Library website. Constituents will be able to submit written questions upon registration at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and thereafter up to the day of debate. Consistent with League guidelines, constituent questions will be screened by LWV (one screener from each major party) for clarity, non-duplication, and applicability to both candidates.

The LWV is a non-partisan organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For general voter information, and for future events and speakers sponsored by the Wilton League of Women Voters or for membership information, check the League website.

Join the Wilton LWV Tuesday, September 22nd at 7:00 pm for a virtual opening meeting of
2020-2021. The meeting will begin with guest speaker Meredith Ramsey, Wilton High School Social Studies teacher. Ramsey will be discussing her recent participation in the Harvard Case Method Civics Workshop, an initiative formed to bring case method teaching to high schools to deepen students' understanding of American history and democracy.

Based on the highly successful experience of Harvard Business School and other graduate and professional programs that use case-based teaching, the method encompasses 22 cases based on historical documents that can be employed to strengthen high school education, and ensure a more exciting, relevant, and effective experience for students and teachers across a range of subjects. The case method can be especially successful at engaging students with topics in history and democracy, and it has shown to present a unique opportunity to help reverse the broad decline in civic education and civic engagement in the United States.

Since 2017, 50 League chapters from 22 states have sent over 80 teachers to the workshop. The Wilton LWV is participating in this initiative and committed to sponsor Ramsey for the 2020 workshop

RSVPs are required by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in order to receive the ZOOM meeting link.

Working in the time of Covid-19 requires ingenuity and flexibility.  Therefore, the Wilton League of Women Voters is inviting you to our VIRTUAL May 13 Steering Committee Meeting.  As we look toward the 2020-2021 year, we seek individuals to assist as committee members and for other events and programs.  Requirements and times are flexible.  Please take the time to think of how can contribute. Details for the zoom meeting and job descriptions/needs will be dsitributed via email prior to the meeting.

 

 

ZOOM Booked for Lunch!  
Thursday, April 30
12:30 - 1:30 pm

A Book Discussion
The Woman's Hour: 
The Great Fight to Win the Vote 
by Elaine Weiss

For the first time ever, the Historical Society’s Booked for Lunch will take place via Zoom!
This program is co-sponsored by the Wilton League of Women Voters. All are welcome!  

We are thrilled to be welcoming author Elaine Weiss who will lead the discussion. 

"It's bracing to read Elaine Weiss's stirring, definitive, and engrossing treatment of winning suffrage in America, The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote. Weiss brings a lucid, lively, journalistic tone to the story. Perhaps her greatest contribution is documenting the intricate, contentious element of racism that almost crippled the struggle. For that insight alone, The Woman's Hour is compulsory reading."
 - Jean Zimmerman, NPR.org

The nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political victories in American history: the down and dirty campaign to get the last state to ratify the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote.

The Woman's Hour is an inspiring story of activists winning their own freedom in one of the last campaigns forged in the shadow of the Civil War, and the beginning of the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights.
 

About Elaine Weiss 
Elaine Weiss is a Baltimore-based journalist and author, whose feature writing has been recognized with prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists, and her byline has appeared in many national publications, as well as in reports for National Public Radio. Her long-form writing garnered a Pushcart Prize "Editor's Choice" award, and she is a proud MacDowell Colony Fellow.
  
Weiss' most recent book, The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote (Viking/Penguin) has won critical acclaim from the New York Times, Wall St. Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and The New Yorker, hailed as a "riveting, nail-biting political thriller" with powerful parallels to today's political environment. 

The Woman's Hour was a GoodReads Readers' Choice Award winner, short-listed for the 2019 Chautauqua Prize, and received the American Bar Association's highest honor, the 2019 Silver Gavel Award.

Steven Speilberg's Amblin production company is adapting the book for TV, with Hillary Rodham Clinton serving as Executive Producer.

Click here for more program information

Suggested contribution $10.00

 Registration essential. 
By email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

After you register, you will receive a confirmation,  Zoom session ID Code and information about submitting questions.