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, issues-oriented organization of women and men of all ages and backgrounds. Formed in 1920 when women first won the right to vote, the LWV is dedicated to the principles of democratic government supported by well informed citizenry. The League works to increase understanding of issues, and influence public policy, through education and advocacy at the local, state and national level. The LWV does not support or oppose any political party or candidate.

You are invited to join this nationally respected public service organization whose founders and current members are committed to promoting active and informed citizen participation in all levels of government.

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.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

Your Local League

The League of Women Voters of Hamilton-Wenham has worked for more than 50 years to maintain a strong democracy through informed and active citizen participation. Locally, we sponsor an annual Candidates' Night, promote voter registration, and study and educate the community about local issues. Monthly board meetings are open to all members.

By joining the local League, you can make a difference in your town as well as in the state and nation. League membership offers an opportunity to receive factual information on all current issues and legislation, as well as associations and friendships with men and women who share an interest in the political process.

Other League Organizations

Our local League is part of both a state and national network. Our members are also members of:

Nationally, the League has chapters in over 1,000 communities, with 100,000 members, both women and men. Members of the League of Women Voters of Hamilton-Wenham receive monthly copies of the LVWUS magazine, the National Voter; the LWV Massachusetts newsletter, the Voter; and a monthly newsletter from the local League.

The co-presidents of the League of Women Voters of Hamilton-Wenham meet regularly with the presidents of other Leagues within our region, including those of Andover/North Andover, Cape Ann, Marblehead, Swampscott, and Topsfield-Boxford-Middleton

History of the League of Women Voters