Making Democracy Work

About the League

Your Local League

This local chapter of the League of Women Voters covers Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties in North Carolina.

  • The LWVODC has ongoing studies and programs that fall under their Issues for Emphasis and Local Positions for citizen education and for advocacy based upon League positions. Issues for Emphasis are timely governmental issues based on local, state, or national positions selected for education, advocacy and action in the coming year. Local Positions are LWVODC positions on local governmental issues, which it has adopted a position and may act upon.

  • A local, state, or national position is arrived at through lengthy membership study of an issue. After the study, a position on the issue is debated and either approved or disapproved by the membership. If a position is approved, the League may then develop advocacy plans to support their position.

  • The League sends a monthly electronic newsletter to its membership highlighting its activities and programs.

  • Our service to voters includes sponsoring candidates forums, information on ballot initiatives, voter registration, and absentee voting.

  • LWVODC Officers and Board of Directors

  • Bylaws

Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages 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 and strictly adhere to the League's Nonpartisan Policy.

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: while we are nonpartisan, after studying issues and adopting a position, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

History of the League of Women Voters and Bibliography of Related Topics

Carrie Chapman Catt first proposed a League of Women Voters to "finish the fight" and work to end all discrimination against women. And so the League of Women Voters was founded on Valentine's Day in 1920, six months before the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

Today, we remain a grassroots organization. In 2010 we have more than 150,000 members and supporters and 850 Leagues throughout all 50 states. Though the League is known widely for our voter education efforts, we've also brought our expertise to critical issues such as health care reform, global climate change and many others.

As we enter into a new year, we know that the League will continue to do what it has been trusted to do since 1920:

  • discuss the important issues;
  • ask the difficult questions; and
  • demand accountability from our government.

And every one of our critical 2010 initiatives will give citizens a greater voice -- in the upcoming census, the 2010 elections, the next round of redistricting and more.

The League of Women Voters is the organization where hands-on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement. We hope you will stand with us in this work.

History of the League of Women Voters and a bibliography of interesting books about the women's suffrage movement and contributions of League members around the Country..

North Carolina Suffragettes' Crusade to Cast a Ballot

North Carolina suffragettes went head to head with a state legislature that opposed the 19th Amendment. In the end, the suffragettes' fight helped ensure a victory for women. Read more about the suffragettes efforts and how the League of Women Voters in NC evolved from it.