An American Story

by Amy Goldstein

“A gripping story of psychological defeat and resilience” (Bob Woodward, The Washington Post)

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—an intimate account of the fallout from the closing of a General Motors assembly plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, and a larger story of the hollowing of the American middle class."

* Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year * Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize​ * 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year * A New York Times Notable Book * A Washington Post Notable Book * An NPR Best Book of 2017 * A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2017 * An Economist Best Book of 2017 * A Business Insider Best Book of 2017 *

Source: Amazon

The League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area

Maple Leaf Parade Director's Award for Board's Choice

Thanks to Dahl Ford Auto Museum for the loan of their cars

and to drivers, Drake Hokanson and Dan Strittmater!

February Lunch & Learn

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Lunch at 11:30, Program at 11:45

The Waterfront

The Banquet Room

(entrance from the north parking lot)

The History of Women's Suffrage in Wisconsin


Theresa Kaminski

Emeritus Professor of History


This illustrated presentation traces the fight for women's voting rights in Wisconsin from statehood to the founding of the League of Women Voters in 1920. It highlights Wisconsin women Ada James, Olympia Brown, and Theodora Youmans, with cameo appearances by movement stalwarts Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.



Please remember that this year we are not accepting payment at the door on the day of the Lunch & Learn programs. We cannot receive reservations for lunch after the RSVP deadline. You will receive an email from LWVLA acknowledging receipt of your reservation. Unfortunately, prepaid lunches are nonrefundable.


 Reservations for lunch are closed. Seating will be available to anyone who would like to attend the program.

Speaking of Democracy

Join the Conversation at the LWV Book Club

Thursday, February 6,  6:30-8:00 PM

Java Vino, 1505 Losey Blvd S.

All Are Welcome!

The room rental cost is $15 to be divided among participants. Only a couple of dollars per person at most per time--what a bargain!  

Election Season Is About to Begin!

Spring Primary Election: February 18


Local voters will be narrowing the number of candidates for the WI Supreme Court from 3 to 2, and City of Onalaska voters will narrow the number of candidates for mayor from 3 to 2.


Please display your "Everyone Vote" signs from February 3-18.

Our Voter Services Committee is asking that you put out your sign (if winter allows) on Monday, February 3, the start of early voting for many municipalities.


If you need signs or laminated add-ons with each of the 2020 election dates to attach to your sign, contact Chris Haskell at cshaskell@gmail.com.

2019-20 Climate Crisis Series from LWV of Dane County

Forum #3: 

The Promise of Agricultural Stewardship







  • George Crave, Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese

  • Dick Cates, Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers

  • Kristen Kordet, Blue Moon Community Farm

  • Ralph Petersen, former NASA and NOAA scientist 

 Join George Crave,  Dick Cates, and Kristin Kordet who will share their experiences of managing crops, livestock and land while juggling government policies, incentives and farmland development pressures, amidst weather impacted by climate change.  Ralph Petersen will talk about the  importance of climate models for farming.  ​

This live broadcast is co-sponsored by the UWL Department of Environmental Studies.  More information on the speakers and the topic can be found at the League of Women Voters - Dane County website here

Special thanks to the LWVDC and the UWL Department of Environmental Studies 

for partnering on this critical issue. 

WHEN: Sunday, February 16, 2020, 1-3 PM

WHERE: Room 3314, UW-La Crosse Student Union (521 East Street N)

WPR to Host Live Debates for the August Primary Election


As part of its 2020 election coverage, Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) is hosting live broadcast debates featuring primary candidates for Wisconsin’s 32nd Senate District and 3rd District seat in the House of Representatives.


32nd Senate District

Republican Candidates

The first debate will air on Friday, July 31 at 10 a.m. and feature the Republican primary candidates Jesse Ebben of Eau Claire and Derrick Van Orden of Hager City. The second debate will air on Thursday, August 6 at 10 a.m. and feature the Democratic primary candidates Ron Kind, the incumbent, and Mark Neumann; both are from La Crosse.  Ezra Wall, host of WPR’s “Newsmakers,” will moderate the discussions. The primary election is on August 11.

3rd District House of Representatives

WPR’s The Ideas Network stations will broadcast the one-hour debates live on the following stations: 90.3 La Crosse, 88.3 Menomonie-Eau Claire, 99.1 Stevens Point, 89.1 Adams-Wisconsin Rapids, 88.7 River Falls, 91.3 Highland, AM 930 Auburndale, 100.9 Marshfield, 91.9 and 101.3 Wausau, 90.3 Park Falls, and 89.9 Rhinelander.

The debates will also be streamed on wpr.org through a partnership with the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce and WIN Technologies of Eau Claire.

Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District includes all or parts of 18 counties in western and central Wisconsin, including the cities of Eau Claire, La Crosse, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, Menomonie, River Falls, Chippewa Falls, Plover, Platteville, Sparta, Tomah and New Richmond.


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Speaking of Democracy

Join the Conversation at the LWV Book Club

Monday, March 9,  6:30-8:00 PM

Java Vino, 1505 Losey Blvd S.

All Are Welcome!

The room rental cost is $15 to be divided among participants. Only a couple of dollars per person at most per time--what a bargain!  

La Crosse Area members in period costume pose at our 100th birthday lunch with Theresa Kaminski, Professor Emeritus of History at UW-Stephens Point.  Dr. Kaminski presented a history of women's suffrage in Wisconsin. Her new book, Dr. Mary Walker's Civil War, will be released in June 2020. Walker became the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor. She was a lifelong advocate for women's rights who tirelessly promoted dress reform (she always wore a Bloomer costume) and suffrage. More information about the book is available here.

Speaking of Democracy

Join the Conversation at

the LWV Book Club


Our next read for Book Club is

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do

by Jennifer L Eberhardt


Stay tuned! Plans to meet coming soon.

League of Women Voters 

of the La Crosse Area

P.O. Box 363

La Crosse, WI




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