The United States of America will celebrate its 240th birthday on July 4th.
Just a few days later, Democrats and Republican will meet at their respective national conventions to decide who their candidates will be in the presidential election in November.
In the fervor of the election season, should be a reminder that for the first 144 years of this country's history, American women were not allowed to vote in presidential elections. The 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920, finally gave women the right to vote.
That was only 96 years ago.
It means that the grandmothers and the great-grandmothers of many Americans who will be voting this year, were denied the ability to vote for president.
Today's guests are Joanne Levitt from the League of Women Voters California; she is a past president of the League of Women Voters Santa Monica (www.lwvsantamonica.org
). Our other guest is Maria Montero, the co-president of the League of Women Voters in Los Angeles (www.lwvlosangeles.org
The League of Women Voters is a national, non-partisan organization founded in 1920. LWV advocates for voting rights and voter participation.