About Our League

About Our League

Anna Howard Shaw

What Is the League of Women Voters?

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in citizenship, elections and democracy, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. It is organized on three levels -- national, state and local. 

Our Roots

The League of Women Voters of Central Delaware County began in 1920 as the League of Women Voters (LWV) Media. It's early history is on file as the Philadelphia Historical society and its first Annual Meeting Report in November 1921 gives one a perspective on how active and driven the founding mothers of our League were.

Several Leagues flourished in Delaware County throughout the 20th century but eventually they  became amalgamated into LWV-CDC. The League serves the City of Chester and all of the towns and boroughs of the county except Radnor, which maintains its own League.  In 2019, the Haverford League of Women Voters merged with LWV-CDC. Together the Radnor and Central Delaware County leagues form the Delaware County League of Women Voters, an interleague organization that focuses on countywide issues.