What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?
The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.
League of Women Voters Jackson County, http://www.jacksoncounty.il.lwvnet.org
LWV of St. Louis and St. Louis County
Our members are also members of:
League of Women Voters of Illinois, http://www.lwvil.org
League of Women Voters of the United States, http://www.lwv.org
The Edwardsville Area League of Women Voters began as a provisional league organized in 1954. At that time, League status was dependent upon solid community backing and financial support from the business community. This requirement was completed and in l956 the Edwardsville League was granted permanent status. In the early days, members went door- to- door with requests for financial donations from local businesses. The meetings were held at the Presbyterian Church where the bulletins were printed on the mimeograph. Those were also the days of cigarette smoking at meetings--now thankfully over--and afternoon meetings, since many members did not work outside the home.
The Edwardsville Area League has supported several important causes over the years. We supported changing the way Illinois voters elect the State Legislature, and worked with the Edwardsville Ministerial Alliance helped to enact Open Housing, which made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of color in the sale or rental of a house. We helped establish the Human Relations Commission to ensure that the law was complied with. Much time and effort went into making these changes, and taken together they constitute a quite a remarkable achievement.
Another big issue on which the League historically took a stand is health care, highlighting the benefits of a single-payer system.