Action and Advocacy

We are truly a grassroots organization…

The League of Women Voters, through its members, identifies diverse issues for the members to study. After examining all aspects of the issue, the League through its consensus process works to reach agreement on a position. Once it has a position, the League takes action on the issue. Action includes lobbying; writing letters to government officials; using public forums, panel discussions, League publications and the media to inform League members and the public; working in coalitions; and monitoring elections and other government activities.Equal Pay Day Rally, April 2015 included LWVS, NOW-Westchester, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Westchester Women’s Agenda, YWCA of White Plains & Central Westchester and 1199 SEIU, AAUW-Westchester

Positions of the League result from a rigorous process of study. Members decide to study an issue, which may be a local, state or national issue, and a committee is charged with exploring the issue. The scope of the study and the specific charge of the study committee are clearly defined by the League board. If a standing committee does not exist to study the issue, a new committee is formed. The study committee is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details and engages in an objective analysis of pros and cons.

The study committee presents the results of the study to the general membership and the public and attendees are provided the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the committee’s findings. Following discussion, members are asked to reach consensus on questions formulated by the study committee.

A statement summarizing the consensus reached on the consensus questions is submitted to the board for approval. Once approved, the consensus statement becomes the position of the League. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be undertaken.