Our Mission and Roles
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens 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: after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.
LWV Wichita Education Fund
We make voting easier through varied voter education programs.
The League of Women Voters Education and Scholarship Fund conducts voter service and citizen education activities. It is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy educational organization, which:
- Builds citizen participation in the democratic process.
- Studies key community issues at all government levels in an unbiased manner.
- Enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management.
To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters Wichita-Metro 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 as a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.
Action and Advocacy
We are truly a grassroots organization.
The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause. Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be national, state, or local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each position occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.
Additional discussion takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.
It is the consensus statement — the statement resulting from the consensus questions — that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be pursued.
The League’s adopted positions on local issues can be obtained by e-mailing a request to the LWV Wichita-Metro. Positions of the Kansas LWV may be seen at LWVK Positions. Find positions of National League at LWVUS.
Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.
Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions
The goal of the League of Women Voters is to empower citizens to shape better communities worldwide. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political membership organization which:
- acts after study and member agreement to achieve solutions in the public interest on key community issues at all government levels
- builds citizen participation in the democratic process
- engages communities in promoting positive solutions to public policy issues through education and advocacy
The League of Women Voters Education Fund is a nonpartisan public policy educational organization which:
- builds citizen participation in the democratic process
- studies key community issues at all governmental levels in an unbiased manner
- enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management
We believe in:
- respect for individuals
- the value of diversity
- the empowerment of the grassroots, both within the League and in communities
- act with trust, integrity and professionalism
- operate in an open and effective manner to meet the needs of those we serve, both members and the public
- take the initiative in seeking diversity in membership
- acknowledge our heritage as we seek our path to the future
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Policy
LWV Wichita-Metro is an organization fully committed to modeling diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy. LWV strives for all members to feel valued and respected and their voices valued and heard.
LWV Wichita-Metro acknowledges and respects the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, language, accent, ability, mental health, educational level or background, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, political perspective or affiliation and/or any other characteristic that can be identified as recognizing or illustrating diversity.
Other League Organizations
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History of the League of Women Voters
Read a short history of the League of Women Voters.
Wichita-Metro Board Members
Members are elected to serve on the LWV board of directors for two-year terms. Elections take place in spring of each year.
2020-2021 Board of Directors
- Co-Presidents — Martha Pint & Jennifer Byers Heminway
- Secretary — Laura Thompson
- Treasurer — Elaine Harvey
- Past Co-President — Pat Reinhold
- Membership Co-Chairs — Bridgette West-Williams & Andrea Anglin
- Voter Services Co-Chairs — Carole Neal & Barbara Bell
- Advocacy & Action Co-Chairs — Nancy McCarthy Snyder & Kate Hamm
- Communications Chair — Cindy Kelly
- Program/Unit Co-Chairs — Sharon Ailslieger & Krista Lovette
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Co-Chairs — Sharon Cranford & Joan Warren
- Fundraising Chair — Leanne Ralston Chase
- Tuesday Topics — Megan Wright-Hagan
- At Large — Jane Byrnes & Barbara Moore