The LWV was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920 during the convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. The convention was held six months before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified; women gained the right to vote after a 72-year struggle.

Carrie Chapman Catt realized the importance of women maintaining a strong voice in political life and knew that women needed to “finish the fight.”

The LWVUS will celebrate its bicentennial on February 14, 2020.

LWV Glencoe was founded in 1941 and the LWV Glenview was founded in 1946. The two local organizations merged to become LWVGlenview-Glencoe in 2015. Both groups felt that they would be stronger and more energetic with incorporation. Though this new League works together on most issues, each community has its separate concerns which are addressed by Glenview and Glencoe subgroups.

To learn more about the history of the League:

Creating a More Perfect Democracy

Demanding an Equal Vote

Who Was Carrie Chapman Catt? 

The Beginnings of Women’s Suffrage in the U.S.

The League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago in 1920 to help millions of women their new right to the ballot.  Today, there are more than 700 local chapters of the league, in all 50 states.