About the League

Since 1920 the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, has workedto improve our systems of government and impact public policythrough citizen education and advocacy. A grassroots organization, the League functionsat local, state and national levels.  Over 900 local Leagues are active in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Membership is open to women and men age 16 or over.  The League of Women Voters is nonpartisan. It neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate. However, members are encouraged to be politically active as individuals

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.