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The League of Women Voters Through the Decades! - The 1930s

The depression of the 1930s and the onset of World War II brought far-reaching change to the League. Membership fell from 100,000 in 1924 to 44,000 in 1934. The National League's budget was cut in half, necessitating a major reduction in staff and services to Leagues. Perhaps the most important change was that because of gas rationing, League members started meeting in small groups in their neighborhoods to discuss fundamental issues. These issues included the threat to democracy itself and the importance of the informed individual to the success of democracy.

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League of Women Voters and the United Nations

During the post World War II period, the League helped lead the effort to establish the United Nations and to ensure U.S. participation.