Making Democracy Work


Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate. Read a short history of the League of Women Voters.

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: We present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: We are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

LWV of Oak Ridge

The League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge has many talented members. Read more about our local leadership. Member Lillian Savage drew sketches of a number of the early presidents of LWVOR, available here. Our organization has received a number of recognitions from local government bodies. Our members have produced various research studies. Local members may be interested in our program, bylaws, and inventory.

History of LWVOR

The League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge was organized on June 17, 1946. Read a brief history of the first 70 years of LWVOR.

Currently active 50-year members of LWVOR include Marty Adler-Jasny, Barbara Barrett, Virginia Coleman, Mary Ann Davidson, Lynn Fortenbery, Edith Halbert, Helen Jernigan, Mary Ellen Klots, Barbara Landau, Barbara Moon, Charlotte Odell, Diantha Pare', Mimi Rosenthal, Betsy Smith, Sal Smith, and Pat Worsham.

Fifty-year members who, regrettably, are no longer with us include Marion Alexander, Patricia Benjamin, Charmian Cohn, Jean Cole, Marjorie Kettelle, Bettie Levy, Lillian Savage, Louise Spray, Phyllis Sweeton, Grace Tench, and Kenalene Wymer.

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