The League of Women Voters is America's premier grassroots citizen organization. Founded in Chicago, the league was formed within the National American Women Suffrage Association, and composed of organizations in the states where women's suffrage had already been attained. The league was formally organized in February 1920, six months before the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, which gave women the right to vote following a 57-year struggle.
Catt, a feminist and effective leader in the suffragist movement, envisioned the "union of all intelligent forces within the state" to break down illiteracy, social evils and industrial ills." Since its inception, the league has helped millions of American citizens become informed participants in government.
The League of Women Voters continues to encourage and support women as well as men in their quest for full participation in American democracy. The League's work is based on the belief that citizens with well-researched and unbiased information will make wise choices for their communities and their nation.
MISSION / HISTORY
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The Erie League of Women Voters strives to empower our citizens to shape our community in a manner that meets the needs of those we serve, both members and the public.
Founder Carrie Chapman Catt
League of Women Voters
Erie County Chapter