The League of Women Voters

Louisiana Women’s Collection: A History of Political Activism

Upon the passage of the federal suffrage ammendment in 1920, NAWSA transformed into the League of Women Voters (LWV) to promote female political engagement and educate the voting public. Under the leadership of Martha Gilmore Robinson, New Orleans’ Woman Citizen’s Union voted to become the city’s chapter of the League of Woman Voters in 1942. The organization formed in 1920 in order to aid newly enfranchised women to vote, and remains active to this day. The LWVNO has aimed to engage the voting public on the issues of fair government, public health, international affairs, public education, etc.

The Woman Suffrage Party transformed itself into a New Orleans chapter of the organization, but quickly disintegrated.

LaRc preserves both the papers of Martha Gilmore Robinson and the records of the League of Women Voters of New Orleans.