Making Democracy Work

2012 SBA Jan Sanders

Jan Sanders, 2012 Susan B. Anthony Awardee

Jan SandersJan Sanders exemplifies the independence, persistence, determination and dedication of Susan B. Anthony in obtaining equal rights for all. Jan has been a long time member of the League, having worked primarily on voter registration, especially with students at area high schools and new citizens at naturalization ceremonies. She has also participated in the League's Speakers Bureau, and she facilitated the League's active use of the cable Community Access channels when she headed up the program for the whole city.

Soon after Hamilton Park United Methodist Church was founded, Jan helped the new congregation and its pastor, Rev. Zan Holmes, with citizen education, community organization and voter registration. The seeds she planted subsequently led to Zan Holmes running successfully for the State Legislature.

Jan taught 5th grade in the DISD and also spent a year teaching government at SMU. She considers herself a teacher beyond these brief positions. Recognizing a gap in the public's understanding of the role of government and the responsibilities of citizenship, she has taught many workshops called Advocacy 101 or Citizenship 101 or Politics 101, depending on the situation, to groups as varied as the Texas Council of Churches, the Dallas Peace Center, local congregations, schools and community organizations. She has served many years as an Election Judge and created a training curriculum for poll workers, poll watchers and others. Jan is especially proud of her work with the `Dismantling Racism Team' of the Greater Dallas Community of Churches.

Because of Jan's active participation in all of her husband's many political campaigns, she has never been a member of the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters; however, she has worked diligently throughout her life to advance the role of women by her example of service to the community.

She is the widow of the late U.S. District Judge Barefoot Sanders, the mother of four adult children, the proud grandmother of ten and the daily dog walker of Buddy.