The League of Women Voters
is a political organization founded in 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt during the last meeting of the National American Woman Suffrage Association approximately six months before the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution gave U.S. women the right to vote. It began as a "mighty political experiment" aimed to help newly-enfranchised women exercise their responsibilities as voters. Originally, only women could join the LWV; but in 1973 the charter was modified to include men. The LWV is a grassroots organization with chapters in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The LWV has approximately 150,000 members (as of 2006).
The LWV is nonpartisan, meaning it does not endorse or oppose political candidates or parties at any level of government.
However, the LWV does support or oppose many political issues--including taking positions on ballot measures.
- "The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy."