The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania (LWVPA) is a nonpartisan grassroots organization that helps voters to learn about government issues and candidates. LWV studies and discusses issues to help members understand government problems so we can make informed decisions when voting and let our elected officials know where we stand on the issues.
The League of Women Voters encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. LWV does not support or oppose any political party or candidate but does — and always has — taken stands on issues its members have studied. The purpose is to create in citizens a sense of responsibility for its nation’s problems. Through research and advocacy, LWV seeks to encourage the informed citizen who actively participates in government.
The League of Women Voters formally began as a nonpartisan political organization in Chicago in February 1920 — six months before the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment gave women the right to vote. LWV intended to help newly enfranchised women understand the United States’ form of government according to the mechanics of registering and voting, and nomination and election procedures. LWV also hoped to work toward certain “needed legislation.” Members thought the organization might accomplish its work in five years and then disband. But over the years, LWV has broadened its mission. It has evolved from an organization concerned for women’s needs and women voters to one concerned for its nation’s needs and citizen voters.
Fifty Years Old and Proud of It
Booklet commemorating the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania’s first 50 years from 1920 to 1970.
The League of Women Voters Through the Decades
Library of League pictures and documents over the years.