Many people may wonder what the New Rochelle League does for this community. The Services provided by the League range from registering people to vote, providing important information on community issues through our Coffee & Conversation speakers each month at the New Rochelle Library and interviews on our cable program. Young people have been given an introduction to politics through both state and county League programs. The League also organizes forums to introduce the voters to candidates and state offices where the voters are able to submit questions to be debated by the candidates.
The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.
Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.
Carrie Chapman Catt who led the suffragist movement started the League of Women Voter's in 1920 right after the 19th amendment was ratified, giving women the right to vote. The LWV was a national movement and state and local affiliates were formed. Carrie Chapman Catt moved to New Rochelle with her husband shortly after and started the NR League. It was one of the earliest local Leagues. Catt lived on Paine Ave. not far from the Paine Cottage and there is a plaque in front of her house. The home is privately owned.
Read a short History of the League of Women Voters in America here.