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The National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) is a national bipartisan grassroots organization in the United States dedicated to increasing women's participation in the political process by recruiting, training, and supporting women who seek elected and appointed offices.[1]

NWPC was founded in 1971 by Bella Abzug, Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisholm, Betty Friedan, Myrlie Evers, several congresswomen, heads of national organizations, and others who shared the vision of gender equality including writer and journalist Letty Cottin Pogrebin. They established three main issues: reproductive freedom, affordable childcare, and passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Also important are addressing male–female income disparity in the United States and diversity at the decision-making levels.

The National Women’s Political Caucus organizes campaign workshops across the country to teach the nuts and bolts of running a successful candidacy at all levels of government. The Caucus Political Planning Committee vets women candidates for endorsement and the political action committee raises money to support endorsed candidates with campaign contributions. The Caucus also offers workshops on political appointments and collaborates with other women’s political organizations to promote good women candidates for gubernatorial and presidential appointments to key posts within the government.

NWPC has local caucuses in communities across the country to help identify candidates, needs and issues specific to their state or county.


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