The League of Women Voters is an organization that advocates voting rights. They do this by registering voters, providing voter information, and advocating for them. The organization has been active in the United States since 1920, and its members are involved in many different areas. These include the political process, voting rights, and women’s issues.
There are local and state leagues in every state. Florence Fifer Bohrer, the first woman elected to the Illinois General Assembly, was a member of the League of Women Voters. She served on the National League of Women’s Board and as the president of the Illinois branch. Other early members included Naomi Deutsch, the first female to be appointed director of the Public Health Unit at the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. Julia Lathrop, the first female director of the United States Children’s Bureau from 1912 to 1922, became president of the Illinois League of Women Voters in 1922.
League of Women Voters of Houston has volunteers in 39 Houston high schools to help students register to vote and educate them about their rights as citizens. Sumaiya Sheikh, a volunteer with the group, has heard many of the issues that will shape the November election.