Mission

A voice for citizens, the League of Women Voters, is a nonpartisan organization which:

  • encourages informed and active participation in government
  • works to increase understanding of major public policy issues
  • influences public policy through education and advocacy

Activities

A force for change

  • Candidate forums prior to elections
  • Hot Topics luncheons on the 4th Monday of each month between September and March, with interesting speakers on timely topics
  • Food for Thought monthly breakfasts on the 2nd Friday of each month between September and March with community leaders and speakers
  • Work on grassroots legislative action
  • Protecting and engaging voters to ensure that all American have the opportunity and information to exercise their right to vote

Membership

The League welcomes new members.

Joining the Sarasota chapter automatically enrolls you in the Florida and National League of Women Voters.

History

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.

Today, the League, which is strictly non-partisan, fights to improve our systems of government and impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy.