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League of Women Voters of Appleton-Fox Cities
P.O. Box 1281
Appleton, WI  54912
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Pending Wisconsin Legislation

LWV of Wisconsin’s Legislative Committee typically meets bi-weekly to keep a watchful eye on bills pending in the state legislature. Each piece of legislation is carefully reviewed and committee members vote to approve or oppose the legislation based on League positions.

Currently, the legislature is recessed. 

Here is a list of bills the LWVWI supports and opposes and background information on why.

Please contact your elected representatives to voice your opinions. 

Find your representatives by clicking HERE.

The Equal Rights Amendment

Women’s Equality Day on August 26 is when we mark the day in 1920 when the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote officially became part of the US Constitution. 
Three years later, Alice Paul introduced the Equal Rights Amendment in Congress. It took from 1923 until 1972 for the ERA to pass in Congress. Finally, in 2020 the required 38 states ratified it. However, it has still not been certified as part of the Constitution due to artificial deadlines imposed by Congress. 

Those deadlines need to be lifted by the Senate. Please sign the petition to urge our Senators to pass the bill to remove those artificial deadlines to allow the ERA to become the 28th Amendment to the Constitution.  

Read facts about the ERA and why it's important. Sign the petition to move the ERA to full ratification here. To find out who your Senators are, click here.

Irene Strohbeen and Midday Women’s Alliance have provided this succinct information on the ERA to use as talking points when you contact your senators.



Read the Facts Article


Join Us for Makin’ Cake & Truth Evolution at the PAC

Makin’ Cake with Dasha Kelly Hamilton | February 27 | Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Dasha Kelly Hamilton’s “Makin’ Cake” spoken word performance will serve layered storytelling about race, culture and class through the eyes of baking and American history. The performance will be followed by a cake reception and discussion on stage. For more information & to purchase tickets visit: 

Truth Evolution with Dasha Kelly Hamilton | February 28 | Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
The next day, continue the conversation experience at the Truth Evolution Workshop. With magic markers, personal story and imagination, Dasha Kelly Hamilton will guide participants through creative discovery and facilitate a dialogue around race, class, and equity. The Truth Evolution is a model for community vitality, organizational bias training and personal anti-racism work. 

This workshop is in partnership with the PAC and the League of Women Voters of Appleton-Fox Cities, and is made possible by the generous support of Community First Credit Union. More details on the February 28th workshop can be found here: 

Upcoming Programs

Environmental Justice: Problems and Solutions
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 — 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

What does it mean to achieve environmental justice in Wisconsin? LWV of Appleton-Fox Cities will be one of more than a dozen local Wisconsin Leagues to co-sponsor a virtual program hosted by LWV of the La Crosse Area titled “Achieving Environmental Justice in Wisconsin." It will be held Tuesday, February 13 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

We’ll learn about basic principles of environmental justice, challenges to achieving it, examples of work in practice across the state, and how to empower communities to reach their goals.

Click HERE for more details

Check out our calendar of events for all upcoming programs


Recent Monthly Programs

Legislative Town Hall
What are area state legislators thinking? 2024 promises to be a very active year politically, and we’ll all need to be informed about the issues our elected representatives will be facing. Review the League’s Legislative Town Hall which took place Monday, February 5 HERE.

Freedom of Information
View the recording of the November 20 program, Open Government: Freedom of Information HERE.

Law Enforcement in the Appleton Metro Area
Networks of law enforcement agencies from the metropolitan Appleton area, the state and federal levels have built strong and effective collaborations in the fight against drug trafficking and other offenses. That was a key message given in the October 16 program held at the Appleton Police Department (APD). Appleton Police Chief Polly Olson lead the panel of law enforcement officers from the APD Special Investigations Unit and the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation. Find complete details and photos HERE.

Public School Funding: Challenges & Solutions
View Video HERE

View More Past Monthly Programs HERE

A wide range of recorded League information is viewable on the League’s YouTube channel. Check out materials by categories 


The League conducted nonpartisan Candidate Forums for contested races in the February 20 primary for Appleton District 4 and Town of Buchanan Supervisors 2 and 4. The two candidates in each race receiving the most votes will advance to the April 2, 2024 election. Thank you to everyone who responded with questions for the candidates submitted to the website.

Appleton District 4
Candidates in ballot order: Virgil VanAsten, Martyn Smith, Christopher Quann

Buchanan Supervisor 2 and 4
Supervisor 2 Candidates in ballot order: Linda Olson, Jennifer Rottier, incumbent Paul Knuppel (Knuppel will be unable to participate in the forum)

Supervisor 4 Candidates in ballot order: Greg Sprangers, Penny Hoh, Tom Meyer

City of Appleton District 4

Town of Buchanan Supervisor 2 and 4


League of Women Voters Policy on Candidate Forums and Interviews

The goal of the League of Women Voters is to provide information about candidates and their stands on issues through impartial forums and questionnaires. We want voters to be able to make an informed choice when they cast their ballots.

  • All candidates for a contested position are invited.  We sponsor in-person or virtual forums only if candidates from opposing parties agree to participate. 
  • We solicit questions from the public, but we reserve the right to screen questions to avoid partisanship, duplication, and personal attacks.
  • If it is not possible to provide a forum, we offer an opportunity to record a virtual interview to individual candidates. 
  • We provide written information on candidates on our website. Information is published exactly as it is submitted by the candidates. 

To submit a question to candidates, please send them to Indicate which position your question is for, such as the Appleton Common Council, Outagamie County Board, etc. We are currently working to organize forums and candidate information for Fox Cities area municipal, county, and school district races. Watch for information on this website. 

Recent Town Hall


Legislative Town Halls afford members and others a chance to engage in conversation with our area's state legislators on topics of interest to voters, and learn what their priorities are for the current session. 


View all past Legislative Town Halls HERE.




The League of Women Voters of Appleton-Fox Cities

  • We are a nonpartisan, activist, grassroots political organization.
  • We never support or oppose political parties or candidates.
  • We help people become active, informed voters.
  • Our work is based on careful research and covers a broad range of issues.
  • We strive to engage all people by infusing diversity, equity, and inclusion
    in everything we do.
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