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About Us

OUR MISSION

Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.


We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate. We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy.

The League is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.

The League of Women Voters never supports or opposes candidates for office, or political parties, and any use of the League of Women Voters name in campaign advertising or literature has not been authorized by the League.

DIVERSITY POLICY
The League of Women Voters of Michigan (LWVMI), in both its values and practices, affirms its belief and commitment to diversity and pluralism. LWVMI recognizes that diverse perspectives are important and necessary for responsible and representative decision making, and subscribes to the belief that diversity and pluralism are fundamental to the values it upholds.

Inclusiveness enhances the organization’s ability to respond more effectively to changing conditions and needs, and therefore, LWVMI will in both principles and practices promote the inclusion in participation in any activity of LWVMI all persons whatever their gender, race, socio-economic status, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.

Read our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy here.  Definitions of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as they apply to the League's policy can be found here

PRINCIPLES

The League of Women Voters of Michigan Believes...

    • in representative government and in the individual liberties established in the Constitution of the United States.

    • that democratic government depends upon the informed and active participation of its citizens and requires that governmental bodies protect the citizen's right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings and making public records accessible.

    • that every citizen should be protected in the right to vote; that every person should have access to free public education which provides equal opportunity for all; and that no person or group should suffer legal, economic or administrative discrimination.

     

    • that efficient and economical government requires competent personnel, the clear assignment of responsibility, adequate financing and coordination among the different agencies and levels of government.

    • that responsible government should be responsive to the will of the people; that government should maintain an equitable and flexible system of taxation, promote the conservation and development of natural resources in the public interest, share in the solution of economic and social problems which affect the general welfare, promote a sound economy and adopt domestic policies which facilitate the solution of international problems.

    • that cooperation with other nations is essential in the search for solutions to world problems, and that the development of international organization and international law is imperative in the promotion of world peace.

The League of Women Voters never supports or opposes candidates for office, or political parties, and any use of the League of Women Voters name in campaign advertising or literature has not been authorized by the League.

 

HISTORY
On November 5, 1918, Michigan voters provided women of their state with total suffrage.  The suffrage cause had been a long and hard battle.  Passage of the suffrage amendment set the stage for the creation of the citizen-oriented League of Women Voters.  The suffrage movement moved into its next phase - its plan to improve the electorate by providing citizen education and informing voters of their choices. Read more...
STRUCTURE

The structure of the League parallels the representative system of government under which we live. Our local, state and national governments are dependent one upon the other; the base is the individual citizen. The several League levels are also interdependent. Members determine the policies and program of all League levels. Membership is simultaneous on all three levels where applicable.
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For the League's 2016-18 Strategic Plan, click here.

CoalitionS & PARTNERS
The League of Women Voters of Michigan joins with other statewide and regional organizations to advance our citizen education and  public policy agendas. Read more...