The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The new organization's founders realized that the right by itself was not enough: it had to be exercised. When women cast their first votes, the League was there to provide accurate, unbiased election information. The League helped American women exercise their new political rights and responsibilities in a way that was "political...but not partisan."
The Illinois League, followed by its local chapters, was formed shortly after the national organization. Membership is open to all persons, men and women, ages 16 and older.