The League of Women Voters was formed after the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920 by the National American Women’s Suffrage Association, which had long worked for universal suffrage. From the beginning, LWV emphasized voter information and voter service.
LWV supported the League of Nations, the United Nations, child labor laws, and price controls and rationing in World War II. It provided a sustained effort in an “Individual Liberties Program” that opposed the goals of Senator Joseph McCarthy.
LWV has also lobbied for Social Security, civil rights, and the food and drug acts. More recently, it established a position on gun control, lobbied for voter registration reform, federal budget and deficit issues, campaign finance reform, child care, the right of privacy in reproductive choice, and environmental protection.
The League of Women Voters of Westport was founded in 1949 by six women. In their research, they discovered that Westport had no charter for town government. A Westport Charter Revision Commission was established that included LWV members. The resulting charter was approved by a special act of the state legislature.
LWV Westport now has positions that support adequate sewage treatment plants, education, housing options, safe disposal of hazardous waste, recycling of solid waste, acquisition and preservation of open space, backyard composting, and protection of Westport’s wetlands. It continues to support voters’ rights, national, state and local issues.