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The League of Women Voters Through the Decades! - The 1980s

To broaden membership and address the issue of membership decline, the 1982 convention amended the bylaws to permit member recruitment by the national and state levels, as well as the local level. Convention delegates also called for the development of a long-range plan for the organization. The plan, which defined the League's mission and outlined goals and strategies for the future, was the subject of spirited debate at the convention. During the 1984-88 period the League s long-range plan was refined and updated, then adopted by the 1988 convention with some modifications.

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The League and Presidential Debates

After a sixteen year period in which there were no public presidential debates, the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) sponsored three presidential debates in 1976.

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.

Presidential Debates

Reagan-Carter Presidential Debate: October 21, 1984


Reagan-Carter Presidential Debate: October 21, 1984

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Reagan-Carter Presidential Debate: October 21, 1984

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Reagan-Carter Presidential Debate: October 7, 1984

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Reagan-Carter Presidential Debate: October 7, 1984

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Reagan-Carter Presidential Debate: October 28, 1980

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Reagan-Carter Presidential Debate: October 28, 1980