Where Our Positions Come From
Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013
The League began as a "mighty political experiment" designed to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters. 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, meaning that we do not support or oppose candidates or political parties.
In most organizations, the board or executive committee decides what that organization's positions are on public policy issues. Not the League of Women Voters, which is a true grassroots organization. In the League it is the members who:
- Propose areas for study
- work together to provide comprehensive, unbiased materials to educate the other members (and the public) about the issue
- come to consensus about where "the League" stands
- vote whether to keep or drop existing positions over time.
And all members have the opportunity to do this for the local, state and national levels of the League.
To read more about specific positions on the state, local and national levels, click here.