Making Democracy Work

Nancy Dawley

Nancy's Story

The following is a Question and Answer session with Nancy Dawley, League member since 2006.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself.

A: A Cincinnati native, I grew up in Westwood, attended Western Hills High School and the University of Cincinnati, and was employed until retirement by Procter and Gamble in Information Technology. Our sons were reared in the Cincinnati area but both now live in California. I frequently travel west to enjoy them and my 3 granddaughters.

Q: When, how and why did you become a League member?

A: I've known of the League and used its election information since I began voting at age 21 (which of course dates me). I remember making a special trip to the Board of Elections on my 21st birthday to register. Voting was a big deal. It wasn't until a few years ago, after I became disenchanted with what was going on in our government, that I decided to join the League and work for change through it.

Q: What do you enjoy about League membership?

A. The people I've met and the League positions.

In all areas of involvement, there have been thoughtful, dedicated, and intelligent people to interact with. Their ideas keep me from getting stale or stuck in old opinions. And "far-out" ideas are encouraged. Around the 2012 election I especially enjoyed helping to bring "Iron Jawed Angels" to the city via the Cincinnati World Cinema. That same year the League provided thousands of newspapers, posters, and teaching materials called Electing the President: A Guide to the Election Process (published by League of Women Voters of the U.S.) to Cincinnati Public School students. A trip to the LWVUS National Convention as a LWVCA delegate cemented my love of the organization. It's a true example of democracy in action.

At first the League Positions were a puzzlement, but now, they are fascinating. Think of how many people were involved in creating such far-thinking ideas that the League can use them, sometimes for decades, to successfully encourage our government to improve. And, when they are no longer pertinent, we are not too proud to say so and make appropriate changes.

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