Under a contract with Democracy International (DI) the League will advise DI-Bangladesh on different activities that will be created to demonstrate to party leaders the value of increasing their share of women’s voters and of supporting and backing women candidates. To accomplish this goal DI-Bangladesh will create seven Women’s Centers that will undertake outreach,  training, and create a women’s awareness program to enhance the Centers’ work.

In 2011 the League of Women Voters, in partnership with the Leagues of St. Paul, MN; Baltimore County, MD; White Bear Lake Area, MN and Door County, WI organized hosting programs on the theme of Accountable Governance with subthemes on Municipal Governance, Elections, and Media and Participatory Government. During the year 24 visitors from Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Tajikistan were hosted for one week of intense programming on the themes.

Sample Questions: Debates/Voters' Guides


• In this time of high unemployment, what are the most important things that should be done to improve our nation’s economy?

• What should the federal government do about the growing economic disparity between the poor, the middle class and the wealthy?

• What do you believe the federal government should do to limit the impact of global climate change?

LWVUS/LWVEF Mission Statement and Core Values

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Vision, Beliefs and Intentions

The goal of the League of Women Voters is to empower citizens to shape better communities worldwide.

Questions for Local Elections Officials

Use these questions to structure conversations with your local elections officals regarding election administration.  The questions cover issues such as voter registration database management, how local officials plan to manage the expected high voter turnout, and specifically how Election Day resources will be allocated, among other things.

Defining "Advocacy" vs. "Lobbying"

It is common for Leagues to support their advocacy activities with only non-charitable contributions.  However, this is unnecessary.  Leagues may, and are encouraged, to use charitable contributions to support their non-lobbying advocacy activities.  Advocacy encompasses pleading for or against causes, as well as supporting or recommending positions.

As your League prepares for the 2012 election process, utilize this coalition-building planning tool to identify and recruit allies, set out goals and priorities, and build a strong foundation for collective success. Whether your League is just starting out, or already participates in a longstanding coalition, it is worth taking a moment to: assess your collective strengths; consider who else might be interested in joining the cause for a more successful and fair process in your state; and, plan for the future. Download the coalition-planning resource below.

September is just around the corner and I know your League is look for ways to attract new members. How do we find out about those great prospective members that live in our communities? Everyone knows that to get a friend to join, you often just have to ask. Have you ever been told “no” before? It isn’t the worst thing that can happen... And, you might get a “yes!”

I just returned from our first regional training in the southeast. Lots of great ideas were kicked around to gain visibility and members. No matter what is decided, the secret to success is planning!

Every community has topics of interest that are unique and important to its citizens.

How would you rate how well your League 'follows up' and 'stays in touch?' with your members?

How would you rate your League (1 being terrible and 5 being excellent)?

If I asked "why?" most people would answer, "I just don't have the time." or "I don't want to fill up email inboxes".
Well, there's good news and bad news...and then more good news. I think we all do fairly well. There are certainly so many ways to keep in touch...and new ones almost every day!