Making Democracy Work

About the League

What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?

Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters is a national 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.

  • 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.

Our Local League Program

The League:

Prints and distributes the annual "Legislative Reference Guide" for use in contacting local, state and national representatives. The Guide is given to all new township residents.

Prints and distributes the NON PARTISAN "Voters Guide" prior to elections. the Guide lists the candidates and gives some information about them. Voters may take the Guide into the voting booth.

Sponsors public Candidate Debates for local government and the school board.

Holds an annual Meet Your State Representatives meeting, open to the public.

Holds an annual Spring Meeting featuring expert speakers on topics of current public interest. This spring's meeting is on the judicial system. "Prison Reform: Is It Possible?" Our speaker is Eric Lotke, board member of the Prison Project. (See the Calendar for details.)

Publishes a semi-monthly members' newsletter, The Voter, featuring reports of Township meetings and League activities.

Sponsors various community activities such as an essay contest in local high schools. Our latest sponsorship was for 11th graders, along with cash prizes. The theme was "Dreams for Myself, Dreams for my Country."

The League of Women Voters: National, State, Local

The League of Women Voters of the United States, http://www.lwv.org

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, http://www.palwv.org

Regional and Local Leagues

History of the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters was organized in 1920 as an outgrowth of the effort to secure voting rights for women. The League was formed by Carrie Chapman Catt and others in order to assist women in exercising this precious right. The League studies issues of public interest, reaches consensus on a position and uses that position to take action.

See Take Informed Action for tips on how to be an effective advocate for important issues.

The League is open to all US citizens age 18 years and older.