Making Democracy Work

About the League

What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?

Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters of Chicago Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

Other League Organizations

Members of the League of Women Voters of Chicago are also members of the League of Women Voters of Cook County, the Lake Michigan League of Women Voters, the League of Women Voters of Illinois and the League of Women Voters USA. Information about each of these organizations can be found on their websites:

Cook County: http://www.cookcounty.il.lwvnet.org
Lake Michigan: http://lakemichiganlwv.wordpress.com
Illinois: http://www.lwvil.org
National: http://www.lwv.org

History of the League of Women Voters

Women's Suffrage and LWV

A Power Point presentation of the history of women's suffrage and the League of Women Voters Chicago is available. To view it click here: History of Women's Suffrage