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League of Women Voters Education Fund

League of Women Voters Education Fund

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

1920 — 2020

We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy. That's been our vision since 1920, when the League of Women Voters was founded by leaders of the women’s suffrage movement. For 100 years, we have been a nonpartisan, activist, grassroots organization that believes voters should play a critical role in democracy.

LWV Education Fund Established

As the League became more active in issue advocacy, the need arose for a separate organizational arm for activities like voter registration and information. The League of Women Voters Education Fund was established to encourage the active and informed participation of citizens in government and to increase understanding of major public policy issues.

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Emmy Award for Presidential Debates

The League sponsored the first televised presidential debates since 1960, for which we received an Emmy award for Outstanding Achievement in Broadcast Journalism.

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LWV Sponsors Presidential Debates

The League sponsored televised general election Presidential debates in 1980 and 1984, as well as presidential primary forums in 1980, 1984, and 1988. The debates focused on nonpartisan issues with a main goal of informing voters. As candidates demanded increasingly partisan conditions, however, the League withdrew its sponsorship of general election debates in 1988. Leagues around the country continue to hold debates and forums for local and state offices today.

LWV Launches

The League provided a dedicated website for voter information as early as the 1990s. In 2006, the League launched the next generation of online voter education with, a “one-stop-shop” for election-related information. Today, VOTE411 provides both general and state-specific nonpartisan resources to the voting public, including a nationwide polling place locator, a ballot look-up tool, candidate positions on issues, and more.

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LWV Launches People Powered Fair Maps Campaign

In June 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that partisan gerrymandering cannot be solved by the federal courts. In response, the League initiated People Powered Fair Maps™, a coordinated effort across all 50 states and D.C. to create fair and transparent, people-powered redistricting processes to eliminate partisan and racial gerrymandering nationwide.

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People Powered Fair Maps™
LWV Launches Women Power Democracy

• Since our inception we’ve fought for voter access and participation and worked to ensure historically underrepresented communities’ voices are welcomed and heard throughout our democracy – all while maintain our commitment to nonpartisanship and fostering an informed electorate. As we look towards the future, we aim to build power for the next generation of women leaders and voting rights activities. That’s why we’ve launched our new programmatic focus, Women Power Democracy.

Women Power Democracy

What Will the Future Hold?

The League of Women Voters has evolved from a mighty political experiment designed to help 20 million newly enfranchised women vote in 1920 (when the LWVEF’s sister organization LWVUS was formed), to a nonpartisan organization that is a recognized force in molding political leaders, shaping public policy , and promoting informed civic participation. To join us in this work, join your local League today!

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