The League of Women Voters of Connecticut 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.
- We are advocates.
- We work to influence public policy through education and advocacy.
- We act only after study and member agreement to achieve solutions in the public interest on key community issues at all governmental levels.
The LWVCT 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.
The LWVCT consists of two distinct organizations: the League of Women Voters of Connecticut Education Fund, which sponsors activities to help Connecticut voters become better informed on current issues and active participants in government; and the League of Women Voters of Connecticut, which takes action by advocating for public policies supported by our members.
Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.
The League of Women Voters is composed of local members and chapters across the state. League members are men (since 1974) and women who wish to become better informed about government processes and to work for more transparent and effective government on the municipal and state level. Members are as active as their time allows.
Where there are no Leagues, individuals join as Members at Large (MALs), and when there are enough MALs in an area, they may form a new local League.
Dues are set by Local Leagues according to their plans for the coming year, hence, dues may differ from League to League. (Part of each member's dues goes to support the work done by the state League and the national League.)
The League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920 during the convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. The convention was held just six months before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote after a 72-year struggle.
The League began as a "mighty political experiment" designed to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters. It encouraged them to use their new power to participate in shaping public policy. From the beginning, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy. It was then, and is now, a nonpartisan organization. League founders believed that maintaining a nonpartisan stance would protect the fledgling organization from becoming mired in the party politics of the day. However, League members were encouraged to be political themselves, by educating citizens about, and lobbying for, government and social reform legislation.
This holds true today. The League is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public. The League has a long, rich history,that continues with each passing year.
For additional historical information about the League, please visit the Issues section of this web site.