HISTORY


The League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920 during the convention  of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.  The convention was held just six months before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote  after a 72 year struggle.

In June of 1968, a provisional chapter was granted for a Holmdel League which boasted sixty-eight local women! The Holmdel League eventually became the Holmdel-Colts Neck League and in 2000 expanded to accommodate other women and men in from Aberdeen, Colts Neck, Freehold, Hazlet, Holmdel, Howell, Keyport, Manalapan, Marlboro, Matawan, Morganville and Old Bridge. 

We are one of three local Leagues in Monmouth County. The other two are: The Greater Red Bank League of Women Voters and The Township of Ocean League of Women Voters.

From the beginning, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy. It was then, and is now, a nonpartisan organization. League founders believed that maintaining a nonpartisan stance would protect the fledgling organization from becoming mired in the party politics of the day. However, League members were, and still are, encouraged to be political themselves, by educating citizens about and lobbying for, government and social reform legislation.

We are part of a great democratic tradition and look forward to taking part in the many celebrations being planned to soon honor the League of Women Voters' 100th Anniversary.

Sharon Steinhorn
League President

History of the National LeagueThe League of Women Voters

History of the State LeagueThe League of Women Voters of New Jersey


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