Making Democracy Work

About the League of Women Voters

The LWVA: About Us

The League's mission, history, and structure

We are the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters is celebrating 95 years of Making Democracy Work! In 1920, the League was founded as an outgrowth of the movement that secured women the right to vote to help new voters engage with their government. Today, the League empowers all voters to improve their local, state and national government.

Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women VotersŪ (LWV) encourages informed and active participation in government. We work to raise understanding of major policy issues and influence public policy through education.

The League does not support or oppose any political party or candidate. We advocate only on issues that members have studied and on which a consensus has been reached.

The LWV has two separate and distinct roles:

  • Voter Service/Citizen Education: the LWV presents unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: the LWV is nonpartisan. After careful study, however, the League usesits consensus-based positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

To conduct voter service and citizen education activities, the LWV of Alameda uses funds from the League of Women Voters of California (LWVC) Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational corporation. The League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS), a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

The League of Women Voters of Alameda is a registered 510 (c) (3) nonprofit organization
(Tax ID 94-2650856).

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

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History of the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Alameda was established in 1978. The most recent bylaws adopted in 2015.

Read a short history of the League of Women Voters or PowerPoint Presentation.