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. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

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.

History of the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920, by the suffragists who led the fight for voting rights for American women. The activities of the League have always been rooted in the basic principles of the democratic process. We believe that citizens play a central role in influencing public policy and bringing about needed change.

In the 1930s, the League took an active role in development of the Social Security Act and child labor standards. In the following decade, we were early advocates for international peace building through the United Nations, the World Bank, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). We were active helping to halt the McCarthy "witch hunts" which plagued America during the 1950s. Over the next three decades, the League worked relentlessly to further equality of opportunity in education, employment and housing as a means to combat discrimination.

We pushed for issues as far ranging as water pollution reforms to world peace through arms control. In the 1990s, the League achieved enactment of the landmark National Voter Registration Act (the Motor Voter law).

Locally, we celebrated our 50th anniversary in March 2007. The League was instrumental in starting the Gifted and Talented Program in Norfolk schools, and in the preservation of the Great Dismal Swamp. Current activities focus on building consensus on regional government cooperation and on transportation. We have worked with a host of other local agencies to promote positive solutions to public policy issues through community education and advocacy. Every year we conduct voter registration drives and have registered hundreds in the past few years. We also conduct GOTV (get out the vote) drives when election day nears.

For more information on the LWV-SHR, see the Archives at the Old Dominion University Library, with a short history of the LWV-SHR.

For more history about the national League, read a short History of the League of Women Voters.

League of Women Voters of South Hampton Roads Bylaws

Nominations for 2017

The committee is now seeking suggestions for the following offices/positions:

Officers (2-year terms)
President (or Co-Presidents)
1st Vice-President
Directors (2-year terms)
3 open seats
Nominating Committee (1-year term)
3 LWVSHR members (cannot be Officers or Directors)
Suggestions of possible candidates are welcome from all members of LWVSHR. If you or someone you know might be a good fit, just contact any one of us. Thanks from your Nominating Committee!

Nominations by Committee
To: Members of the League of Women Voters of South Hampton Roads (LWVSHR) Subject: Report of the LWVSHR Nominating Committee Date: April 18, 2017

The Nominating Committee of the LWVSHR proposes the following names for the election to be held during the Annual Business Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Officers (2-year terms: July 2017-June 2019)

President Martha Rollins
1st Vice-President Clara Heyder

Three Directors (2-year terms: July 2017-June 2019)

Janet Bing
Vicki Greco
Melanie Perez-Lopez

Three Nominating Committee members (1-year terms: July 2017-June 2018)

Seneca Bock
Judith Brown
Judy Kyle

According to the LWVSHR By-Laws (adopted June 2016), "The report of the Nominating Committee shall be presented at the annual meeting. Immediately following the presentation of the report, nominations may be made from the floor by any voting member, provided the consent of the nominee shall have been secured."

Submitted by Nominating Committee: Judith Brown (Chair), Linda Armstrong, Lee Barr, Yvonne Lewis, Kaye