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Our History

League in Henderson County — Our History

The League of Women Voters of Henderson County was founded Nov. 12, 1963 and has been a strong influence both in voter education and advocacy every since. Many needs and issues have been addressed and many collaborative, effective solutions have been put into place in the ensuing 45 years in our Community and County driven by the influence of League.


 In the 1960s

Organized November, 1963, Francee Sherman, 1st President

Published ABCs of Voting

Published first Local Government Handbook

 In the 1970s

Land Use Study

Organized a series on “Growth Options” at BRCC

Involved in the Upper French Broad River Council of Governments (which later became Land of the Sky Regional Council)

 In the 1980s

Forum on County Planning

Local two year District Court study (led to the formation of the Dispute Settlement Center, now the Mediation Center)

Forum on Courthouse and Jail Conditions

Education activity on School Merger

 In the 1990s

Solid Waste Advisory

Land Use environment impact study (led to formation of CMLC, now Conserving Carolina)

Voter Registration at High Schools

Conducted televised candidate forums

Prepared candidate info for publication

Childcare Advocacy

 In the 2000s

Kids Voting

Support for preserving Historic Courthouse

Advocacy for Affordable Housing

Advocacy for Juvenile Justice

Advocacy for ERA

Participated in National Immigration Study

Local Boards and Commissions Study

Presented Civics 101 at BRCC Life-Long Learning

 2010 to present

Participated in National Education Study

Immigration Advocacy and support of Immigration Network

Advocacy for ERA

Voter Registrations at High Schools, BRCC, New Citizens Day, Apple Festival, Community events

Education Study for Quality Education Components

Affordable Housing

Civil Discourse


Advocacy for Redistricting Reform

From League’s National Website

The League of Women Voters of the United States encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.


We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate. We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy.


The League is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.