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About Us

The League is a political grassroots network and membership organization that believes the freedom to vote is a nonpartisan issue. For more than a century, we’ve worked to empower voters and defend democracy. As a women-led organization, we encourage everyone to take part in our democracy.

Who Is the League of Women Voters? 

The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a nonpartisan, grassroots nonprofit dedicated to empowering everyone to fully participate in our democracy. With active Leagues in all 50 states and more than 750 Leagues across the country, we engage in advocacy, education, litigation, and organizing to protect every American’s freedom to vote. 

Founded in 1920, the League was a merger of the National Council of Women Voters and the National American Women’s Suffrage Association. Referred to as a “mighty political experiment,” it aimed to help newly enfranchised women exercise their right to vote. Learn more about our history

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Today, the League has expanded our vision of a more inclusive democracy where all Americans, regardless of gender, sex, race, ability, or party can see themselves represented in our government. To build this vision, we bring an anti-racist, social justice lens to the issues of: 

Additionally, we promote social and economic justice through the lenses of health care, the environment, immigration reform, and the Census

750+ Leagues 

across the US

500k+

members

6 million voters

reached in 2020

100s 

of voting rights victories

Our Branches 

LWVUS: The League of Women Voters of the United States encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education, and advocacy. 

LWVEF: The League of Women Voters Education Fund works to register and provide voters with election information through our election resource VOTE411.org, candidate forums, and debates. 

Mission, Vision, and Value 

Mission: Empowering voters. Defending democracy. 

Vision: We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate. 

Value: We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy. 

Our Team 

The LWVUS staff and board are comprised of activists, organizers, creators, speakers, analysts, lawyers, experts, and everyday Americans dedicated to uplifting every voter’s voice. Learn more about our national staff and the members of our Boards

We’d love to have you on our team as a staff member or intern.  

Open Positions at the League  

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

LWV is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy. 

There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, language, accent, ability status, mental health, educational level or background, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, political perspective or affiliation and/or any other characteristic that can be identified as recognizing or illustrating diversity. 

LWV es una organización totalmente comprometida con la diversidad, la equidad y la inclusión en principio y en la práctica. La diversidad, la equidad y la inclusión son fundamentales para el presente y futuro éxito de la organización en la participación de todas las personas, hogares, comunidades y políticos en la creación de una democracia más perfecta. 

No habrá barreras para la participación plena en esta organización por razón de género, identidad de género, etnia, raza, origen nativo o indígena, edad, generación, orientación sexual, cultura, religión, sistema de creencias, estado civil, estado parental, estatus socioeconómico, idioma, acento, habilidad, salud mental, nivel educativo o antecedentes, geografía, nacionalidad, estilo de trabajo, experiencia laboral, función del rol laboral, estilo de pensamiento, tipo de personalidad, apariencia física, perspectiva política o afiliación y / o cualquier otra característica que identifique, reconozca, o ilustre diversidad. 

Defending Democracy Checklist

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