About the League of Women Voters of the Houston Area
The League of Women Voters of the Houston Area is a non-partisan political organization which works to promote civic responsibility through informed and active participation in government.
The League does not support or oppose any political party or candidate.
The League of Women Voters in Houston is comprised of two separate entities: LWV-Houston and the LWV- Houston Education Fund. Each of these sister civic organizations has its own structure, tax status and objectives.
The League of Women Voters of the United States and the League of Women Voters of the Houston Area were both established in 1920, the year that the nineteenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States gave women the right to vote. The League of Women Voters is a direct descendant of the women’s suffrage movement, repositioning an active and effective organization to henceforth serve all voters.
The League continues as a grassroots organization working at the national, state, and local levels. Membership in the League of Women Voters of the Houston Area includes membership in our state League (LWV-TX) and in the national League (LWV-US).
LWV of the Houston Area
LWV-Houston is a member organization organized as a nonprofit 501(c)4 corporation.
LWV-Houston may, from time to time, advocate for selected policy positions adopted by membership consensus.
Dues and donations to LWV-Houston are not tax deductible.
Board officers and directors are elected at an annual meeting by League members. No Board member is a paid staff member of LWV-Houston.
Florence Sterling (1871-1940) was a prominent businesswoman and suffragist, who famously hired a brass band to lead members of the Houston League of Women Voters on a triumphant march down Main Street to celebrate the adoption of the 19th Amendment (Women’s Suffrage) in 1920. Ms. Sterling served as President of the League of Women Voters of the Houston Area from 1923 to 1925.
LWV Houston Education Fund
The LWV-Houston Education Fund is a nonprofit 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to serving the Houston community by offering voter outreach initiatives and trusted, impartial information about elections and major public policy issues.
Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.
The LWV-Houston Education Fund is not a member organization. It is governed by a Board of Trustees populated by the officers and directors of LWV-Houston.
Current Board Members
Aimee Mobley Turney, President
Annie Benifield, Secretary
Leslie Copeland Taylor, Treasurer
Reda Hicks, VP of Civic Engagement
Linda Cohn, VP of Membership
Jeff Reichman, VP of Study and Action