Making Democracy Work

About the League of Women Voters of Greater Green Bay

What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?

Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

League of Women Voters of Greater Green Bay

The League was founded in 1920 in Chicago following the ratification of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. One of the founding mothers was Carrie Chapman Catt, from Ripon, Wisconsin.

The League came to Green Bay on September 25, 1929. In the 1930's it was first known as the Brown County League. The Green Bay League started in 1932 under the presidency of Virginia Trowbridge, immediately beginning a successful campaign to repeal a City Council resolution barring married women from city employment. Since then the Green Bay League has worked to end discriminatory pay for women, spearheaded efforts to establish a countywide detention home for juveniles, and supported the creation of a county executive office. In 1945, a five-year campaign was launched to promote an Air Pollution Control Ordinance. The passage of this ordinance contributed to Green Bay being awarded All-America City status in 1965.

In 1957, DePere became a separate group in order to study and take action on local items. In April, 1965, due to a new national policy permitting an area organization and to changing times, the Leagues merged. The present name, League of Women Voters of Greater Green Bay, was adopted in 1970.

Today the LWVGGB continues to work on local issues that also mirror national concerns: air and water pollution, mental and physical health care, urban and rural growth, and resource management.

Read more about the LWVGGB history in the Winter/Spring 2011 Voyageur magazine.

LWV Principles

The following concepts of government are supported by the League as a whole and constitute the authorization for adoption of national, state, and local Current Agendas.

The LWV believes in representative government and in the individual liberties established in the Constitution of the United States.

The LWV believes that democratic government depends upon the informed and active participation of its citizens and requires that governmental bodies protect the citizen's right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings, and making public records accessible.

The LWV believes that efficient and economical government requires competent personnel, the clear assignment of responsibility, adequate financing, and coordination among the different agencies and levels of government.

The LWV believes that every citizen should be protected in his/her right to vote; that every person should have access to free public education which provides equal opportunity for all; and that no person or group should suffer legal, economic, or administrative discrimination.

The LWV believes that responsible government should be responsive to the will of the people, that government should maintain an equitable and flexible system of taxation, promote the conservation and development of natural resources in the public interest, share in the solution of economic and social problems which affect the general welfare, promote a stable and expanding economy, and adopt domestic policies which facilitate the solution of international problems.

The LWV believes that cooperation with other nations is essential in the search for solutions to world problems and that the development of international law is imperative in the promotion of world peace.