Making Democracy Work

LWV of the United States

Where hands-on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement!

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters of the United States operates at the national level, studying issues and advocating for policies that affect the whole nation, with grassroots support from state and local Leagues.

Click here to view national League Leadership or League Staff.

Issue Studies

The League of Women Voters takes up new studies to explore important issues with implications at the local, state, federal, and/or international level.

In the Fall of 2011, the LWVUS undertook a study of the Federal Role in Public Education. The study focused on the role of the federal government in education funding, promotion of equality, and adoption of nationally developed common standards, assessments, and curriculum. Local leagues submitted responses to the consensus questions in November 2011. The Education Study Committee will review/tabulate all of the responses submitted by participating Leagues, and based on those, recommending position language to the Board through February 2012. The LWVUS Board will approve a final position based on consensus results in March 2012.

For more information, click here, and follow Mississippi's participation in the LWVUS Education Study on our blog at

In the Spring of 2012, the LWVUS will undertake a study of the Privatization of federal, state, or local government services, assets, and/or functions. The study will review the community impact of transferring responsibilities to the private sector and identify strategies to ensure transparency, accountability, and preservation of the common good. Local leagues will submit responses to the consensus questions in May 2012.

For more information, click here, and follow Mississippi's participation in the LWVUS Privatization Study on our blog at

Issue Positions

The League of Women Voters of the United States have developed position statements over the years on a number of issues covering a wide range of topics. Please select one of the links below to learn more.

Representative Government Promote an open governmental system that is representative, accountable and responsive.

International Relations Promote peace in an interdependent world by working cooperatively with other nations and strengthening international organizations.
Natural Resources Promote an environment beneficial to life through the protection and wise management of natural resources in the public interest.
Social Policy Secure equal rights and equal opportunity for all. Promote social and economic justice and the health and safety of all Americans.

Action & Advocacy



  • Improving Elections Democracy only works as well as its elections processes. Right now voting rights are under attack and money in elections has never been higher. The League is fighting back against restrictive voter id laws and voter registration systems, and shorter early voting periods. All eligible voters should have an equal ability to vote.

  • Improving Government The League strives to ensure that government at every level works as effectively and fairly as possible. This involves continual attention to issues of transparency, a strong and diverse judiciary, appropriate government oversight, and funding.


News & Events

Get up-to-date news from the LWVUS on their News & Media page. Find the latest Press Releases, Speeches & Testimony, and Multimedia among other options.

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