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The League of Women Voters of the United States
was founded in 1920 during the convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association


The convention was held just six months before women won the right to vote through ratification of the 19th amendment
 t
o the U.S. Constitution.

   •  Read 100 Years of LWV: 1920–2020.
   •  Watch the LWVUS history slide show.
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The League of Women Voters of Colorado
was organized in 1928.
Colorado women had won the right to vote in 1893. Colorado was the first state in which the male electorate approved woman suffrage by popular election.

Read A Force for Change: The LWV of Colorado 1928–1995.

Updated history A Force for Change for 90 Years: The LWVCO 1928–2018 (2020) is available here.
   • See the Table of Contents here 
   • See the list of profiled League leaders here
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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. 

In 1984 the LWVB expanded eastward to become the LWVBV, which covered 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.


To download a 14-page .pdf history of the LWVBC click here
The accompanying photo album,LWVBC History in Pictures, is available here
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Watch and read online ORAL HISTORIES of our leaders. The Maria Rodgers Oral History program of the Boulder Public Library has produced interviews with

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

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       LWVBC PUBLICATIONS ARCHIVES         

  •  1981  Methods of Electing City Council Members [pros and cons of four systems]        
  •  1981  Geographical Distribution of Boulder City Council Members 
  •  1981  Municipal Government and Elections [statistics]
  •  1997  Did You Know? . . . The story of Boulder, Colorado: Its struggles to reconcile growth with environme
  •  1998  Will "Success" Spoil Boulder County? Growth Management and Regional Planning in Boulder County
 •  1999  Will "Success" Spoil Boulder County? Growth Management and Regional Planning in Boulder County 
  •  2003  Open Space Programs in Boulder County  
  •  2005  The Story of Gunbarrel  
  •  2011  Agriculture in Boulder County  
  •  2012  Teen Parenting Program in SVVSD