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History of the League of Women Voters of the United States

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.

   For a history of the national League of Women Voters (LWVUS), decade by decade, click here.

   To view a slide show of historical photos tracing our history click here.

History of the League of Women Voters of Colorado

Read a list of highlights here.
Read A Force for Change: The LWV of Colorado 1928–1995.

History of the League of Women Voters of Boulder County, Colorado

To download a 14-page .pdf history of the LWVBC click here

The accompanying photo album, LWVBC History in Pictures, is available here


The League of Women Voters of Boulder County was formed in 2007 by the merger of the LWV of Longmont, founded in 1965, and the LWV of Boulder Valley (LWVBV).

The LWV of (the city of) Boulder (LWVB), founded in 1931, was the first local League in Colorado.

To become the LWV of Boulder Valley, in 1984 it expanded to cover the same area as the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD), including Louisville and Lafayette.

Since the formation of the LWV of Boulder County in 2007, members have studied and taken action on issues in Boulder County and its municipalities and in both school districts, BVSD and St. Vrain Valley School District.

ORAL HISTORIES by thirteen of our leaders are available online in the Maria Rodgers Oral History program of the Boulder Public Library, special collection "League of Women Voters of Boulder County." 

 and read Interviews recorded from 2004 to 2011 with 

   Sue Anderson,
   Barbara Anuta,
   Elizabeth Black,
   Mary K. Blue,
   Joyce A. Davies,
   Deborah Hayes,
   Patricia Johnson,
   Zoe Menkick McCollum,
   Elizabeth A. Nick,
   Janet S. Roberts, 
   Gail C. Rowe,
   Leona R. Stoecker, and
   Lynne Wegley.

Watch interviews with longtime members recorded in 2012 here.