Excerpts from minutes of the Second Annual Convention of the North Carolina League of Women Voters
Gertrude Weil, 1879 - 1971
Courtesy of North Carolina Office of Archives and History
As Carrie Chapman Catt did with the National American Woman Suffrage Association, Weil promptly transformed her state suffrage association into the North Carolina League of Women Voters, which would, in Catt's words, "finish the fight and work for needed legislation." Weil invited representatives of all the women's organizations to an organizational meeting. Following the establishment of the League, she took an intensive training course offered by a University of Chicago political science professor to help women take advantage of their new rights.
In this speech to the Second Annual Convention to the North Carolina League, Weil discusses how, as "full fledged citizens," women can discharge their equal obligations "most efficiently" and "most servicably." She urged her members to inform themselves about their government and to take action wherever possible.
- Anne Firor Scott, "Gertrude Weil and her Times," unpublished paper delivered at "Women Working For Social Change: The Legacy of Gertrude Weil," Symposium presented by the Women's Studies Program, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, March 17, 1984, 11.