Our Mission and Roles

Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

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League of Women Voters of the United States

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We never support or oppose any political party or candidate

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate. The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

Our Vision, Beliefs and Intentions guide our Activities

Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues. Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest. To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation. Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions

The principles that guide our organization


Linda Hanson, Spokesperson for LWV of Muncie-Delaware County at the 2018 Garden Party

The goal of the League of Women Voters is to empower citizens to shape better communities worldwide.

 

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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political membership organization which:

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

The League of Women Voters Education Fund is a nonpartisan public policy educational organization which:

  • builds citizen participation in the democratic process
  • studies key community issues at all governmental levels in an unbiased manner
  • enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management.

We believe in:

  • respect for individuals
  • the value of diversity
  • the empowerment of the grassroots, both within the League and in communities

We will:

  • act with trust, integrity and professionalism
  • operate in an open and effective manner to meet the needs of those we serve, both members and the public
  • take the initiative in seeking diversity in membership
  • acknowledge our heritage as we seek our path to the future.

History of the League of Women Voters

The league of Women Voters started after women got the right to vote

In her address to the National American Woman Suffrage Association’s (NAWSA) 50th convention in St. Louis, Missouri, President Carrie Chapman Catt proposed the creation of a “league of women voters to finish the fight and aid in the reconstruction of the nation.”  Women Voters was formed within the NAWSA, composed of the organizations in the states where suffrage had already been attained.

The next year, on February 14, 1920 – six months before the 19th amendment to the Constitution was ratified – the League was formally organized in Chicago as the national League of Women Voters. Catt described the purpose of the new organization:

 

    “The League of Women Voters is not to dissolve any present organization but to unite all existing organizations of women who believe in its principles.  It is not to lure women from partisanship but to combine them in an effort for legislation which will protect coming movements, which we cannot even foretell, from suffering the untoward conditions which have hindered for so long the coming of equal suffrage.  Are the women of the United States big enough to see their opportunity?”

Suffragists parade down Fifth Avenue, 1917.
Advocates march in October 1917, displaying placards containing the signatures of more than one million New York women demanding the vote.
The New York Times Photo Archives
Linda Hanson, LWV of Munce-Delaware County Spokesperson at the 2018 LWV National Convention

Maud Wood Park became the first national president of the League and thus the first League leader to rise to the challenge. She had steered the women’s suffrage amendment through Congress in the last two years before ratification and liked nothing better than legislative work. From the very beginning, however, it was apparent that the legislative goals of the League were not exclusively focused on women’s issues and that citizen education aimed at all of the electorate was in order.

Since its inception, the League has helped millions of women and men become informed participants in government. In fact, the first league convention voted 69 separate items as statements of principle and recommendations for legislation. Among them were protection for women and children, right of working women, food supply and demand, social hygiene, the legal status of women, and American citizenship.The League’s first major national legislative success was the passage of the Sheppard-Towner Act providing federal aid for maternal and child care programs.  In the 1930’s, League members worked successfully for enactment of the Social Security and Food and Drug Acts. Due at least in part to League efforts, legislation passed in 1938 and 1940 removed hundreds of federal jobs from the spoils system and placed them under Civil Service.

During the postwar period, the League helped lead the effort to establish the United Nations and to ensure U.S. Participation. The League was one of the first organizations in the country officially recognized by the United Nations as a non-governmental organization; it still maintains official observer status today.

 

See also League History from the League of Women Voters of the US.

 


 

2018-2019 League Calendar

First Quarter

May 7 Annual Meeting

May 15 Team Mtg.

June 12 Team Mtg.

June 27-July 1 LWVUS Convention

July 17 Team Mtg.

 

Second Quarter

Aug 11 LWVIN Board

Aug 25 Team Organizational Mtg.

Sept 13 Garden Party

Sept 18 Team Mtg.

Sept 25 Minnetrista Central NA—Redistricting program

Sept 22 Ride for the Mounds

Sept 29 LWVIN Regional Workshop

Oct 2 Annette Rose class-Redistricting program

Oct 3 Candidate Forum

Oct 10 Candidate forum

Oct 13 Vote by Mail

Oct 16 Team Mtg.

Oct 18 WFYI—No Limits program

 

Third Quarter

Nov 10 Drainage issues panel

Nov 27 Team Mtg.

Dec 1 Holiday Brunch

Dec 4 Jail forum

Dec 18 Team Mtg.

Jan 15 Team Mtg.

Jan 16 League Day at the Statehouse

Jan 18 Chamber Legislative Update

Jan 23 Muncie Resists-Redistricting

Jan 26 LWV/AAUW Education Meeting—MOMs (Motivate our Minds), 10 am

 

Fourth Quarter

Feb 9 Legislative Update—Maring-Hunt, 10 am

Feb 16 LWVIN Presidents’ Day

Feb 19 Team Mtg.

Feb 22 Chamber Legislative Update

Feb 23 Redistricting—status, legislation, action–Kennedy

March 9 Courtney McAulliffe, Open Door—Kennedy, 10 am

March 12 Team Mtg.

April 9 Team Mtg.

April 20 Max Felker-Kantor, Prison reform, “The Carceral State—Kennedy, 10 am

April 27-28 LWVIN Convention

May ? Annual meeting

May 14 Team Mtg.