The League of Women Voters, a
non-partisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in
government, works to increase the understanding of major public policy
issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Brief History of the League
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization of
women and men founded in 1920 to "finish the fight" after women won the
right to vote. Through advocacy, the League of Women Voters works at the local, state and
federal levels to make your voice heard and to keep you informed. The League lobbies on
issues concerning all levels of government upon which members have studied and reached
Throughout our history, League members have led grassroots movements for universal
voter registration and campaign integrity, the right in reproductive choice, civil rights,
clean air and water, safe and affordable housing and child care. Early in our history, the
League was committed to establishing child labor laws and equal pay for women. We were an
advocate for peace-building through the United Nations and other international
organizations in the 1940s. The League fought against discrimination in education,
employment and housing in the 1960s and 1970s. In the 1970s and 1980s, the League
supported action to clean up the environment, to stop the arms race, and to promote
equality of opportunity. Within this past decade, we led the successful effort to
eliminate remaining obstacles to voter registration in the United States.
Actions and Advocacy
The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a
cause when there is a "position to refer to that supports the issue or speaks to the
"Positions" result from a process of thorough study. Any given study,
whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details,
both positive and negative. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion
of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study
being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus
questions that are then addressed by the membership.
Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study
committee) learn the scope of the study. Every question on which consensus is
reached is kept. The others are eliminated.
It is the consensus statement - the statement resulting from the
consensus questions - that becomes a "position."
Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed
by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy can not be taken.
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29 September 2009
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