Vision

The principles that guide our organization

The goal of the League of Women Voters is to empower citizens to shape better communities worldwide.  

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political membership organization which:

  • acts after study and member agreement to achieve solutions in the public interest on key community issues at all government levels

  • builds citizen participation in the democratic process.

  • engages communities in promoting positive solutions to public policy issues through education and advocacy.

 

The League of Women Voters Education Fund is a nonpartisan public policy educational organization which:

  • builds citizen participation in the democratic process

  • studies key community issues at all governmental levels in an unbiased manner

  • enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management.

We believe in:

  • respect for individuals

  • the value of diversity

  • the empowerment of the grassroots, both within the League and in communities

We will:

  • act with trust, integrity and professionalism

  • operate in an open and effective manner to meet the needs of those we serve, both members and the public

  • take the initiative in seeking diversity in membership

  • acknowledge our heritage as we seek our path to the future.

Mission

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.  

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

 

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

     

  • Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

History

The League of Women Voters of the Montgomery County, Indiana:

Crawfordsville and Montgomery County as a whole had a remarkable tradition of active, vital work on behalf of women’s suffrage in the late l9th and early 20th centuries. Zerelda Wallace, stepmother of General Lew Wallace, was notable among women leaders, as was Dr. Mary Holloway Wilhite, one of Indiana’s earliest female doctors and the president of Montgomery County’s women’s suffrage organizing committee. Everything that the LWVMC has achieved rests on the shoulders of such pioneers and decades of subsequent work to remind Americans that educating oneself about civic issues and then acting upon issues when action is called for lies at the heart of a democratic society.


The birth of the League as an official organization in Montgomery County happened in 1947. Georgia Manson, along with her invalid husband, ran a coal yard. This experience, according to oral testimony on the 40th anniversary of the LWVMC, made her “very hot on women’s rights.” Manson organized a town meeting and invited presidents of all the women’s organizations in town. Pat Hall, another businesswoman, stepped up to help lead this effort. [See More]

The League of Women Voters of the United States:

The League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920 during the convention of the National American Woman Suffarge Association.  Thge convention was held just six months before the 19th amendment tot he U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote after a 72-year struggle. [See More]

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