About LWVGE

About the League of Women Voters

The League is a multi-issue, activist organization with chapters in all fifty states as well as some foreign countries. The League was formed in 1920 in Chicago's Congress Hotel by Carrie Chapman Catt and others in order to help women become informed citizens as they exercised their newly won, and hard fought, right to vote after a long campaign that culminated with the 19th Ammendment to the United States Constitution.

In fact Illinois played a major role in that effort. Read about Illinois' voting firsts.

Since then, the League has been a force in American politics as it has successfully registered voters, sponsored candidate debates so that voters could meet and hear the candidates before they voted, and worked hard to insure every citizen's right to vote and have their vote counted.

The League also studies issues upon which members agree ought to be studied. After study, the League will take a position on an issue after consensus is reached by the members. League studies and other actions have helped shaped the United States. Read a decade-by-decade report of League's history by Glen Ellyn member Alison Hayes.

The League is governed by a set of by-laws that are reviewed and agreed upon every two years. To learn more about LWVGE governance, policies, bylaws and current positions, click here for the League's most recent Membership Book.

The League is a great organization to join. By being a member of the League of Women Voters, you will become a more informed citizen, help to educate others about voting and issues of great importance to our nation, and make friends with some of the most interesting people in your community.

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