About the League

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, has fought since 1920 to improve our systems of government and impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy.

Grassroots

The League is a grassroots organization, working at the national, state and local levels. The Alachua County League of Women Voters is one of over 900 local leagues banded together to form the national organization. League members are volunteers. There are Leagues in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the and Virgin Islands.

Nonpartisan

The League of Women Voters is strictly nonpartisan. It has never supported any candidate for office at any level of government. At the same time, the League is wholeheartedly political and works to influence policy through advocacy. 

History

Rooted in the Women's Suffrage movement, the National League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 with the purpose of educating women and encouraging them to use their vote to impact social policy. In Florida, the League got its official start in 1939. Women in Winter Haven, Winter Park and St. Petersburg initiated the Florida League of Women Voters, following some earlier efforts. In 1973, the League voted to include men members, but retained its name for historical reasons.

There are 32 local Leagues in Florida. Members hold candidate forums, issue Voter Guides to help inform citizens on local races and ballot amendments, and sponsor public forums to encourage Florida’s citizens and elected officials to broaden their understanding of key issues, while promoting engaged citizenship through an informed and active participation in government.

Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters. 

She is pictured at the 1920 convention of the National Women Suffrage Association.