Making Democracy Work

A Voice For Citizens, A Force For Change

The League of Women Voters encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League does not support or oppose candidates or political parties.

The League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County has been Making Democracy Work since 1961.

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San Luis Obispo County Government Meetings for the week of August 22:

96 years for the League of Women Voters

This year, the League of Women Voters celebrates its 96th anniversary. Founded by suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt on February 14, 1920 + just six months prior to passage of the 19th Amendment + the League was charged with "finish[ing] the fight" to ensure that every eligible voter has free and fair access to the polls. Ever since, the League has been at the forefront of efforts to empower citizens to play an active role in our democracy.

In honor of 96 years of Making Democracy Work , here are 10 ways the League has helped strengthen our democracy and ensure equality throughout the past century. The League is one of our country's oldest and strongest nonpartisan civic organizations. Ninety-six years after the League was founded, we continue to hold fast to the belief that our nation is at its strongest when citizens are engaged with our democracy, from voting rights and voter education to campaign finance reform and environmental defense.

"There will never be a true democracy," said Chapman Catt, "until every in it, without regard to race, sex, color or creed has his or her own...voice in government."

Cheers to that + and to the next 96 years and counting.

Panel Discussion on Homelessness

LWVSLO Moderates Discussion about Homeless Center in SLO

Left to right are G. McIntosh, L. Weir, B. Thoma, and J. Spatafore

To a crowd that included "standing room only" attendees, the League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County moderated and co-hosted a public forum on a homeless center to be built at 40 Prado Road. Read more here:

The event was co-sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Housing Trust Fund, United Way of San Luis Obispo County, and the Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County's Action for Healthy Communities. Funds for the videotaping were provided by the County Board of Supervisors' Community Project Grant funds. Read the full report.

"View the video complete with audience questions and answers."