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The Nation : Kiwanians Reject Women

June 25, 1986

Kiwanis International members turned down a board recommendation to allow female members in the worldwide service club, marking the 11th time in as many years that such a proposal has been rejected. But the vote at the annual convention in Houston was the closest ever on the issue. Last year, 77% of the voters were against the proposal, but this year, the 'No' vote was 53%. A two-thirds majority is required for women to be admitted under an amendment to the Kiwanis constitution, which would have applied to chapters in the United States.

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