About the LWV

Our Mission

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. 

Our History

"The League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920 during the convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. The convention was held just six months before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote after a 72-year struggle.

The League began as a "mighty political experiment" designed to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters. It encouraged them to use their new power to participate in shaping public policy. From the beginning, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy. It was then, and is now, a nonpartisan organization. League founders believed that maintaining a nonpartisan stance would protect the fledgling organization from becoming mired in the party politics of the day. However, League members were encouraged to be political themselves, by educating citizens about, and lobbying for, government and social reform legislation.

This holds true today. The League is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public. The League has a long, rich history,that continues with each passing year."  

From our National League website, http://lwv.org/history

Carrie Chapman
Carrie Chapman Catt from the National League website

Want to know more about LWV? 

State of Iowa League website -- with links to local Leagues and more.

National League of Women Voters website -- with links to resources, Position Statements, and more.

http://lwv.org/our-work#otherpolicy -- list of issues and policies

Helpful Links & Information from Our State LWV Website

Iowa Legislature Websitewww.legis.iowa.gov

Capitol Postal Address:

Capitol Building, 1007 E Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319

IA House Switch Board: (515) 281-3221

IA Senate Switch Board: (515) 281-3371

LWVIA Legislative Priorities for 2018


  • Stand in support of voting laws that keep voting accessible and oppose any efforts to put barriers between citizens and their right to vote.
  • Build on the Secretary of State's online voter registration system to allow all Iowans--including those without state-issues IDs and driver's licenses--to register to vote electronically.
  • Change Iowa's laws and constitution to restore voting rights to felons who have completed their criminal sentences.


  • Protect Iowa's water resources by fully funding the Iowa Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Fund and the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Program.
  • Provide funding to help Iowa's communities update their water and wastewater infrastructure and adopt meaningful and long-term nutrient reduction strategies.
  • Build on the success of Iowa's landmark bottle bill by expanding it to non-carbonated plastic bottles and doubling the handling fee to retailers and redemption centers. Unclaimed refunds should be used to enhance the redemption system so that access is available throughout the state.
  • Provide greater judicial flexibility in sentencing by eliminating mandatory minimums, and oppose all efforts to reinstate the death penalty.
  • Prohibit employers from asking about criminal convictions at the time of application for employment.
  • Enact laws and policies to ensure access to mental health services, address Iowa's mental health workforce shortage, and guarantee a continuum of mental health services are available throughout the state.

Campbell/Patterson Lobbyists' Website  League Lobbyists

Last updated Feb. 6, 2018

LWV BlackHawk-Bremer,
Nov 9, 2017, 7:36 PM