What is the League?
The League of Women Voters of Harvard (LWVH), established in 1950, is a local branch of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts and the League of Women Voters of the United States. It is a multi-issue grassroots organization whose mission is to encourage informed and active participation in local, state, and federal government and to influence public policy through education.
The League of Women Voters of Harvard is a non-partisan organization; it does not support or oppose any political party or candidate. The League’s non-partisanship guarantees its effectiveness and credibility when carrying out its missions of providing service to voters and influencing public policy through action on issues.
The League of Women Voters of Harvard encourages its individual members to be politically active. All members, however, are responsible for subscribing to the League’s non-partisan stance and for distinguishing, when necessary, between their activities as individuals and the League as a non-partisan organization.
The Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring community understanding and confidence in the League’s non-partisan policy. The President and Voter Service Director shall refrain from partisan political activity and visible support of candidates. Other members of the Board of Directors must use their discretion in choosing levels of personal political activity that do not associate the League of Women Voters, as an organization, with a political party or candidate. If any questions arise regarding this policy, the matter will come before the Board for discussion and interpretation.
Who are our members?
Nationwide, the League has more than 100,000 members—concerned, socially conscious women and men in all fifty states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Harvard’s local league consists of about 40 members. We invite and encourage anyone of voting age to join us!
What does the League do?
- Educates citizens about issues, legislation, and candidates.
- Encourages informed citizen participation in the political process.
- Monitors government acitivites. At the local level this includes observing town boards and committees.
- Registers voters. In Harvard, the League works with the Bromfield School and the Town Clerk to register students when they reach voting age.
- Sponsors candidate debates and public issue forums.
- Teaches citizens and non-citizens about their rights and responsibilities.
How can I join Harvard’s League?