LWVWA is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy. 

We will actively work to remove barriers to full participation in this organization regardless of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, language, accent, ability status, mental health, educational level or background, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, political perspective or affiliation and/or any other characteristic that can be identified as recognizing or illustrating diversity. 

Acknowledging our History

The League was founded in 1920—just months before the ratification of the 19th Amendment—by American suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt.  While fighting for the 19th Amendment and lobbying Southern senators, she famously claimed, “White supremacy will be strengthened, not weakened, by women’s suffrage.” Even during the Civil Rights movement, the League was not as present as we should have been. It wasn’t until 1966 that we reached our first position to combat discrimination. Today, we invite all people, regardless of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, or race, to join us as we commit to righting the wrongs of our past and building a stronger, more inclusive democracy. To read the full statement: https://www.lwv.org/blog/facing-hard-truths-about-leagues-origin 

Land Acknowledgement

The LWVWA acknowledges that the land known as the State of Washington is on the homelands of Native peoples who have lived here from time immemorial and who have long resiliently resisted the ongoing harms of colonialism. The LWVWA expresses its deepest respect for and gratitude towards these original and current caretakers of the region.  While we honor the past, we will diligently work to listen to and amplify the voices of Indigenous people, to partner with tribes and Indigenous people on policy and other issues important to their welfare, to educate the public about tribal/treaty government and welfare issues and to respect the sovereignty of tribes and their rights to self-determination. 

The League of Women Voters of Washington is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization.
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