The League of Women Voters of New Mexico was established in 1949. At the first LWVNM convention in 1950 the agenda adopted by the delegates was an examination and evaluation of the functions and services of state government. Since that time the state League has been involved in many issues and activities.
The League of Women Voters encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The League takes policy positions after thorough study, and works to influence policy through education and advocacy. We never endorse or oppose candidates or parties, only positions on issues we've studied. You can read our positions here.
The League is the original grassroots citizen network, directed by the consensus of its members across the country.
Membership is open to all residents of the United States, both women and men, who are 16 years or older. In New Mexico, there are four local leagues. All local members are automatically members of LWVNM as well as the national League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS). New Mexicans who do not live near any of the existing local leagues may join LWVNM as a member at large.
Membership in the League of Women Voters is open to all residents of the United States, men and women, who are 16 years or older. Any individual may be an associate member of the League.
The work of the League is supported by the dues and gifts from members and other public-spirited men and women who consider contributions to the League to be an investment in their community. League funds are spent only for League work, which in New Mexico is performed entirely by volunteers.
Control of the League is in the hands of its members. They raise the money and decide how it should be spent. Their work is guided by the principles of the League of Women Voters, its bylaws, and by national, state and local positions adopted after careful study of and consensus on the issues.
The League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920 during the convention of the National 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.
The League of Women Voters of New Mexico started up in 1920 in Santa Fe. Ina Sizer Cassidy was a charter member of the national League of Women Voters and New Mexico's first state League president.