League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters (LWV) was founded in 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt as a means to educate newly-enfranchised women about their right to vote. It is still active with over 700 branches nationwide. LWV is a non-partisan organization, meaning it will not endorse candidates nor parties. Historically, It has supported progressive legislation and continues to do so today. For example, in 1920, LWV’s platform included child labor laws and public health initiatives. Today, in addition to supporting voting rights, its platform includes advocacy for the environment, immigration, and healthcare.
LWV focuses on four main voting issues: expanding voter access, redistricting, money in politics, and fighting voter suppression. LWV educates voters about political candidates in federal, state and local races, and its volunteers distribute millions of educational materials about state and local elections each year. Truly a grassroots organization, LWV offers volunteers opportunities to participate at the national, state, and local levels. Over 500,000 members across all 50 states work to register local voters, host local debates and community forums, and educate voters about local politics and elections.
San Francisco, CA, 1920. Baltimore News American collection