2019 Women's Equality Day

Texas women were ahead of the pack: we got the vote in 1919, a year before the women in many of the US states. August 23 we will celebrate 100 years of that right and recognize the hard-won victory with good food, good libations, a cash bar, a silent auction, and great speakers. The League leaders hope to raise awareness in the community of the importance of using the right to vote and to recognize those patriots in the community who are helping to Make Democracy Work.

The event will recognize three groups and two individuals for their work registering and involving voters, honoring them with the League’s Making Democracy Work award. We also will recognize three 50-year members of the League of Women Voters of Tyler/Smith County. Keynote speaker will be journalist Tasneem Raja, publisher of online journal The Tyler Loop. A unique silent auction at the event is planned as a fund raiser.

August 23, 6:30 pm, Holly Tree Country Club - 6700 Holly Tree Drive

Buffet Dinner - Cash Bar  - Silent Auction

Tickets for $15 online at lwvtyler.org - Or checks payable to LWV-TEF

Mail to PO Box 6271, Tyler TX 75711


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Women's Equality Honorees

Making Democracy Work Award

Lina Ortega

Belen Iniguez

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

Lifetime League Members

Toni Ferrell

Katheryn Hetherly

Doris Stanley


Be an Event Sponsor

This 100-Year event is a good opportunity to show support for the 70-year struggle to attain woman’s suffrage and to help Make Democracy Work today in Smith County.

Underwriters and Sponsors for this Event are to be recognized on the event program and posters, by acknowledgements on the League website and Facebook, and recognition during the event. Sponsors will receive complimentary event tickets, based on donation level.

To Become a Women’s Equality Day Sponsor 

Friend of Democracy ……$100

Appreciate Democracy….$250

Honor Democracy …..…$500

Prize Democracy ......…$1000

Make Democracy Work $1000+

Please make tax-deductible checks payable  to

LWV-Texas Education Fund

Mail to PO Box 6271, Tyler TX 75711

To Sponsor using debit or credit card, see the Be A Sponsor form at left.

2019 Sponsors

Blake Bailey

Conquest Rentals, Jolie Smith

David Dobbs & Debra Tittle

Buck & Robyn Files

Lee F. Hancock

Neal Katz

Nick Pesina

Andie Rathbone

Mitzi Rusk

Karen Wilkerson

Dennis & Marilyn Wills



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Tasneem Raja Equality Day Speaker

Tasneem Raja is the Executive Editor of The Tyler Loop, a nonprofit journalism startup that explores policy, history, and demographics in Tyler, Texas. She is an award-winning journalist who has reported for NPR, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, and other national outlets.

A former senior editor at NPR, she launched a popular podcastissues of identity and race with NPR’s Code Switch team. At Mother Jones, she specialized in data visualization and led a team that built the first-ever database of mass shootings in America. She earned her master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she created an independent thesis in digital and multimedia journalism.

Tasneem is a pioneer in the field of data-driven digital storytelling, a frequent speaker on issues of digital journalism, and a die-hard fan of alt weeklies, where she got her start as a local reporter. She lives in Tyler with her husband, her stepson, and two haughty  terriers.