About the League of Women Voters

Founded in 1920, during the convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, the League began as a "mighty political experiment" designed to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters.

From the beginning, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy. It was then, and is now, a nonpartisan organization, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public. (Visit the national League website for historical timelines, photographs, and video interviews with League members.)

Membership in the League is open to any person who subscribes to its purposes, policies, and principles. 

There are three levels:  the local League, the state League, and the national League.  Members belong to all three levels of League.

The League influences public policy by advocating League policy positions at all levels of government, and by creating opportunities for public discussion.  The League strives to empower citizens and to shape better communities worldwide.

We proceed by..

  • Acting after study and member agreement to achieve solutions in the public interest on key community issues at all government levels.
  • Building citizen participation in the democratic process.
  • Engaging communities in promoting positive solutions to public policy issues through education and advocacy.

We believe in..

  • Respect for individuals.
  • The value of diversity.
  • The empowerment of the grassroots, both within the League and in communities.
  • The power of collective decision-making for the public welfare.

We will..

  • Act with trust, integrity, and professionalism.
  • Operate in an open and effective manner to meet the needs of our members and the public.
  • Take the initiative in seeking diversity in membership.
  • Acknowledge our heritage as we seek our path to the future.