Women in Politics
League of Women Voters
Established in 1920
Mission Statement: The League of Women Voters envisions a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate. They believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy. The League is proud to be nonpartisan, 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.
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Numerous voting achievements throughout almost 100 year history
How LWV is making a difference
Fighting Voter Suppression
The League is at the forefront of the most important federal and state voting rights cases around the country. They actively oppose discriminatory voter photo ID laws, fight against attacks voter registration process and hold lawmakers accountable when they try to institute last-minute Election Day barriers. The League works year-round to combat voter suppression through advocacy, grassroots organizing, legal action and public education. Their efforts have resulted in the protection of voting rights and ballot access for millions of Americans.
Combating Money in Politics
The League of Women Voters fights to reform money in politics in Congress, with state legislatures, with the executive branch and, where appropriate, the courts. The League is deeply committed to reforming our nation’s campaign finance system to ensure the public’s right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, and enable candidates to compete more equitably in public office and allow maximum citizen participation in the political process.
The League of Women Voters promotes transparent and accountable redistricting processes and to end hyper-partisan practices that don’t benefit constituents. They believe responsibility for fair redistricting should be vested in an independent special commission, with membership that reflects the diversity of the unit of government. The League works in states across the country to pass ballot initiatives to institute independent redistricting commissions.
Increasing Voter Registration
League of Women Voters volunteers register hundreds of thousands of voters and host community voter registration drives across the country each year. They concentrate our registration drives at locations that reach large numbers of unregistered voters, including high schools and community colleges, transit hubs and naturalization ceremonies.
The League of Women Voters hosts hundreds of candidate debates and forums across the country each year and provide straightforward information about candidates and ballot issues. Through print and online resources, including VOTE411.org, they equip voters with essential information about the election process in each state, including polling place hours and locations, ballot information, early or absentee voting rules, voter registration deadlines, ID requirements and more.