Making Democracy Work

Because Democracy Is Not A Spectator Sport

The League of Women Voters of Detroit is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. The League does not endorse candidates or political parties. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We invite you to join us as we make democracy work in our communities.

The LWV of Detroit
LWV of Detroit

LWV of Detroit is open to new members who share our ideals: men and women who strive to be better informed at the ballot box.

LWV of Detroit engages our communities (Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park) in the our League's mission to register new voters and provide educational opportunities regarding governance, decision-making, and public policy.

Day of Action:Women Power the Vote


The Day of Action is an opportunity for Leagues across the country to participate in a shared moment to celebrate our 100th birthday and honor our legacy. We are rooted in a 100-year history of fighting to strengthen our democracy, and we will demonstrate our continued power through a coordinated Day of Action on February 14th, 2020.

One Hundred years ago, women didn't have representation in government. With the ratification of the 19th Amendment, women and their allies won the biggest growth in our democracy in the last 100 years. We celebrate this great accomplishment by standing in our power, but at the same time we acknowledge the 19th Amendment did not break down voting barriers for all women. Our work is not done.

Many Americans still don't have their voices heard in choosing our representatives. Politicians have robbed voters of their voting power by manipulating access to the polls and gerrymandering districts at all government levels. As the 2020 decennial Census approaches, the prospect of an inaccurate or incomplete count threatens to deprive even more people of their rightful share in American democracy.

Women have played a fundamental role in shaping an inclusive and active electorate. Women have powered -- and continue to power -- the vote. On the 100th birthday of the League of Women Voters, we are keeping in line with the fact that we were born from the suffrage movement and are centering our Day of Action around the theme: Women Power the Vote.

Leagues all across the nation will join in this historic event. For more information about this collective day of action, visit the Day of Action Toolkit. This toolit houses all kinds of resources to help you participate in this exciting show of League power.

We encourage you to join us and make history together!

LWV Student Membership Waived!

Until January 31, 2021, the League will not charge student* membership fees to join LWV of Detroit, LWVMI, and/or LWVUS.

Join the League Now!

LWV of Detroit encourages all students (at least 16 years of age) to join the League. For more membership information and a link to the application, refer to the main menu and click "Join LWV of Detroit."

(*) LWV recognizes a student as anyone registered at an accredited high school or college and enrolled in at least one one-credit course.

Announcing Our New League Office

LWV of Detroit is proud to announce the opening of our new League Office in the City of Detroit City Clerk Office for the Department of Elections (2978 W. Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202).

Our new office is on the 4th floor. The front desk security guard has a list of Detroit League Board members, who will host meetings and maintain informational materials at the site. Additionally, our new office allows us to collaborate with Department of Elections staff and the Detroit community during mutual events.

Thank you Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey and staff for being so welcoming and generous!

It's Official!

The LWVMI State Board approved the LWV of Detroit reestablishment application. Thanks to the diligence, creativity, and hard work by officers and members over the past four years, LWV of Detroit is reinstated as a full-fledged chapter.

LWV of Detroit encourages everyone to attend our monthly membership meetings as well as other LWV partnered events. Meet our members and learn first-hand how the League works. See our web calendar for event dates.

LWV of Detroit Board from L to R-- Deborah Bunkley (Director-At-Large), Susan Slattery (Treasurer), Rhonda Craig (President), Helena Scott (Director-At-Large), Cheryl Bukoff (Membership Coordinator), with LWVMI President Paula Bowman