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.

State League Calendar of Events

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 Website: www.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

Last updated March 5, 2021