Making Democracy Work

About the New Rochelle League

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.

Our Mission and Roles

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.

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

History of the League of Women Voters of New Rochelle

About the New Rochelle League:

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.

Carrie Chapman Catt, LWV Founder
Carrie Chapman Catt
LWV Founder

League of Women Voters Historian Sydelle Herzberg Describes the Long, Uphill Battle for Women's Right to Vote from Ina Aronow LWV of New Rochelle on Vimeo.

Read a short History of the League of Women Voters in America here.