Who We Are

“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. The League's enduring vitality and resonance comes from its unique decentralized structure. The League is a grassroots organization, working at the national, state and local levels.

“There are Leagues in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong, in addition to the hundreds of local Leagues nationwide. The League of Women Voters of the United States and the League of Women Voters Education Fund operate at the national level with grassroots support from state and local Leagues.

“The League of Women Voters is strictly nonpartisan; it neither supports nor opposes candidates for office at any level of government. At the same time, the League is wholeheartedly political and works to influence policy through advocacy. It is the original grassroots citizen network, directed by the consensus of its members nationwide. The 900 state and local Leagues – comprising a vast grassroots lobby corps that can be mobilized when necessary.

“Over time, the League’s legislative priorities change to reflect the needs of society and critical issues of concern. The organization remains true to its basic purpose: to make democracy work for all citizens. The League of Women Voters makes a difference in the lives of citizens because of the energy and passion of thousands of members committed to our principles.”

-- From the Website of the LWV of the United States

Mission Statement of the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. (This is the mission statement of all Leagues - local, state, and national.)

League Organization

Program & Action

The League's Program and Action are supported by the General Fund. This is a 501c-4 nonprofit organization that seeks to influence public policy and citizen opinion based on its principles and issue positions. Issue positions are established by extensive unbiased study and agreement by the membership. The studies in progress and the current issue position statements constitute the League's "Program".

The LWVAL takes action to oppose or support legislation or public policy only if the action can be based on one or more points of the following:

Find out more about the League’s General Fund activities on the Take Action! web pages.

Citizen Education & Voter Services

The League's Citizen Education activities and Voter Services are supported by the Education Fund. The LWVAL-EF is a 501c-3 nonprofit organization that seeks to educate citizens about complex public issues in a strictly unbiased way and encourage participation in the democratic process. The “Ed Fund” supports such activities as voter registration drives, nonpartisan candidate debates and forums, and unbiased issue forums. It does not support or oppose legislation or public policies. Find out more about the League’s Education Fund activities on the Learn & Vote web pages.




Kathryn Byrd

Voter Editor
Charlotte Ward

1st Vice President
Mary Lynn Bates

2nd Vice President,
Scarlett Gaddy

Sarah McDonald

Virginia (Ginnie) Bennett


Laura Hill

-- TBA --
Hattie Kaufman

Natural Resources
Joyce Lanning

Jeanine Normand

Program / Advocacy
Anne Permaloff



Appointed by the Board

Constitutional Reform (Co-Chair) &

Nancy Ekberg

Constitutional Reform (Co-Chair)
Jeanne Lacey

Health Care Study
Marilyn Garrett, Chair
Jan Widell, Co-chair

Natural Resources Advisor
Jeanne Lacey

Program / Advocacy Advisor
Ruth Wright

Technical Director
Jean Johnson