Making Democracy Work

About the League

What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?

Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League 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.

To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

Other Leagues

The Beach Cities League of Women Voters is the local League covering the cities of El Segundo, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, and Redondo Beach. There are two other local Leagues in the South Bay area:

The three South Bay local Leagues, along with other local Leagues, are part of an Interleague organization for the County of Los Angeles.

For a list of other Leagues throughout California, see other Leagues in California and other state Leagues and local League websites.

The League's History

The League of Women Voters has a long and proud history, with its roots in the struggle to gain women the right to vote.

Click here to read a short history of the League.