What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history? Who are our Leaders?
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.
We are nonpartisan. Belle Sherwin, League president from 1924 to 1934, institutionalized the League's nonpartisan stance. We do advocate for issues, but we never support or oppose candidates for office. Each League establishes and follows its own non-partisan policy. In developing the policy the League considers its community. The LWVRI has prepared a handbook of informative articles about non-partisanship; the LWVRI non-partisan policy is included in the handbook.
We are a grassroots action-oriented organization. Members act on behalf of the League when authorized by the appropriate board. Working with our membership and through coalitions, we make our voice heard.
We promote citizen education. Part of the League's mission is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in government.We believe that democracy is not a spectator sport.
We advocate for issues. The League's mission also includes taking action on governmental measures and policies in the public interest. Study before action became standard during the presidency of Belle Sherwin.
We reach agreement through consensus.Belle Sherwin introduced the consensus process to achieve member support for issues.
Jane Koster, President, Jamestown; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jill Kassis,1st Vice President, Portsmouth, email: email@example.com
Susan Wells, 2nd Vice President, Newport
Rosemary Forbes-Woodside, Treasurer, Jamestown
Linda Poole, Secretary, East Providence
Board of Directors
Pam Ancheta, Wakefield
Christine Davidson, Westerly
Susan Escherich, Riverside
Patty MacLeish, Newport
Derwent Riding, Bristol
Marian Styles-McClintock, Providence