The League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920 during the convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. The convention was held just six months before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote after a 72-year struggle.
The League began as a “mighty political experiment” designed to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters. It encouraged them to use their new power to participate in shaping public policy. From the beginning, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy. It was then, and is now, a nonpartisan organization. League founders believed that maintaining a nonpartisan stance would protect the fledgling organization from becoming mired in the party politics of the day. However, League members were encouraged to be political themselves, by educating citizens about, and lobbying for, government and social reform legislation.
This holds true today. 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. The League has a long, rich history,that continues with each passing year.
The League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) is a 501 (c)(3) citizen education and research organization. Established in 1957, the Education Fund provides research, publications and forums on public policy issues and disseminates information and training that helps citizens be thoughtfully engaged in the democratic process.
In communities across the nation, Leagues are well known for providing voters with factual, nonpartisan information on candidates and ballot issues. State and local Leagues are also known for hosting citizen educational forums on critical public policy issues of the day.
In short, the League is well recognized for its ability to make complex and controversial issues accessible to the non-expert citizen in a balanced manner, for its ability to gather citizens with diverse views, and for its expertise as a trainer of community leaders and activists.
League of Women Voters Education Fund Mission Statement
Leadership—List of Officers and Directors
President, Marilyn Carroll
Vice President, Sharon Hyde
Treasurer, Ingeborg Sands
Secretary, Barbara Wyman
Immediate Past President, Birgitta Stone
Activities, Andrea Macaluso
Membership, Pamela Miles
Program, Kathleen Slocum
Internal Public Relations, Mary Rindfleisch
External Public Relations, Jo Frame
Voter Service, Gannon Ward
Ways and Means, Amanda Cordano
Director Emeritus, Christine Lodewick
Nominating Committee (off Board) Mary Swett and Fran Walton