League of Women Voters of Lee County
The League of Women Voters of Lee County Florida is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The League of Women Voters of Lee County is involved in many issues including voter registration and education, environment and natural resources, human services, education, health, and local government. Each year Lee County members develop and implement a plan for study and action. Under the guidance of League leaders, members implement the plan through a committee structure and individual actions. View the current Program for Study and Action. 2020-2021 LWVLee Program for Study and Action
Throughout the year, the League of Women Voters of Lee County hosts educational program meetings to educate the public on League issues and topics relevant to citizens. These informational meetings are open to the public.
In 1949, when the League of Women Voters of Lee County was established, there were only eight local leagues in the State of Florida. Twenty women in Lee County, who were interested in government and their community, formed this new organization. By December 4, 1949, when the League was fully accepted as a league, there were sixty-nine members.
Their first program was a study of the juvenile court and probation systems. When the State of Florida allowed women to serve on juries, women were required to register with the Clerk of the Court to indicate their interest in serving. Mrs. James (Jean) Hill, a League member, was among the ten women selected by the County Commissioners and served as the first woman juror on January 11, 1950.
In the past, the League, in collaboration with other Lee County organizations, successfully implemented the Conservation 20/20 Program. This program acquires land for the conservation of wetlands and other endangered natural land resources that may be used for public enjoyment.
View the LWV of Lee County Florida Annual Report for 2019-2020 2019-2020 LWVLee Annual Report
More about the League of Women Voters
League of Women Voters of the United States www.lwv.org
League of Women Voters of Florida www.lwvfl.org