About Us

A CENTURY OF ACTIVISM

The League of Women Voters is a citizens’ organization that has fought since 1920 to improve our government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives. We operate at national, state and local levels through more than 800 state and local Leagues, in all 50 states as well as in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Hong Kong.

Formed from the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the centerpiece of the League’s efforts remain to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans. We do this at all three levels of government, engaging in both broad educational efforts as well as advocacy. Our issues are grounded in our respected history of making democracy work for all citizens.

A TRUSTED NONPARTISAN REPUTATION

The League is nonpartisan, which means we don’t support or oppose candidates for public office. As such, we are often called upon to convene community issue forums, host candidate debates, and monitor elections. We undertake this important work because we believe deeply that the public should hear different views on the issues facing our communities and our nation. An honest and respectful sharing of ideas is vital to the functioning of American democracy.

But being nonpartisan does not mean we lack opinions, or the willingness to express them. Our opinions are formed after research, study and consensus. We are passionate advocates who work to influence policy on specific issues by speaking out and putting pressure on our elected leaders.