Welcome to the League of Women Voters, of Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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.
When members decide to study an issue, a study committee is formed. This may be on the local, state, or national level. The committee will plan and conduct the study and then make a presentation to members for the group to come to consensus on a position. The position will then form the basis for taking action on the issue. 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, contact us.