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. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League neither supports nor opposes political candidates and parties but does take action on issues. League membership is open to all U. S. citizens (women and men) of voting age. Associate membership is open to young people and noncitizens.

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

  • Voter 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 League Organizations

Our Southwest Santa Clara Valley League is one of five local Leagues in Santa Clara County. The others are: Our members are also members of:
  • League of Women Voters of the Bay Area,
    E-observers Needed
    As you know, many regional and local agencies are mandated to provide open meetings to the community. We need your help by e-attending regional and local agency meetings. LWVBA needs you to help us e-attend meetings, then email a summary paragraph of the hot topics. Just a paragraph is needed to provide us with a meeting update. If you would like to be a regular e-observer or an occasional e-observer, please send a note to communications@lwvba.org.
    Regional agencies such as ABAG and BAAQD, local water agencies East Bay MUD, and Transportation agencies such as VTA and Marin Transit need you to observe. Click on the following link to find a list and description of the various agencies that you might be interested in attending and reporting to the SF Bay Area League on, Regional Agencies.

  • League of Women Voters of California, and
  • League of Women Voters of the United States.

See other Leagues in California and other state Leagues and local League web sites.

History of the League of Women Voters