The NWPC would serve as a national, grassroots network of support and encouragement for women who wanted to run for political office. The goal of the organization was, and is, to increase the number of women in all aspects of public life - as elected and appointed officials, as judges in state and federal courts, and as delegates to national conventions. The NWPC and its local and state affiliates around the country would endorse women candidates of all political parties, as long as those candidates supported reproductive rights, the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, and access to universal dependent care. Since its formation in 1971, NWPC and its state affiliates have transformed the political landscape for women in the United States.


1986 - Barbara Mikulski becomes the first Democratic woman elected to the US Senate in her own right.


1987 - NWPC launches first Minority Women Candidates Training Program in DC. NWPC joins other groups to defeat the nomination of anti-choice Robert H. Bork for the U.S. Supreme Court.


1992 - A record number of women are elected to the US Senate, dubbing it the “the Year of the Woman."

2008 - NWPC endorses Hillary Rodham Clinton to President.

1976 - NWPC members meet with presidential candidate Jimmy Carter about the role of women in his administration. At the meeting, Gloria Steinem presents Carter with a copy of Ms. which featured Carter’s mother on the cover. By the end of his term, President Carter has appointed more women to decision-making positions than any president before him.

1983 - NWPC stages first question and answer session with 5 Democratic presidential candidates.

1984 - NWPC’s Older Women’s Caucus initiates a bill to create a Federal Council on Women, an independent agency that would work to alleviate the feminization of poverty. The Lesbian Caucus conducts a program on homophobia at a National Steering Committee meeting and update “Your Campaign and Lesbian and Gay Rights.”

1973 - The first biennial convention of the NWPC marks the first national political convention for women in over 100 years.

TIMELINE


July 11, 1971 - 320 women from all over the United States met in Washington, D.C. The group included elected women officials, feminists, community activists, Democrats, Republicans, radicals, union women, homemakers, students, women of color, and lesbians.

1971 - Within months of the initial meeting, NWPC representatives met with potential presidential candidates to see how committed they were to supporting a Women’s Education for Delegate Selection campaign for the NWPC. This program proved successful—in 1972 the number of female delegates to the RNC doubled and tripled in the DNC.


​1972 - NWPC launched a massive ERA ratification campaign after the amendment spent 50 years in dormancy.

1979 - The Leadership Development, Education, and Research Fund (LDERF) 501c3 non-profit branch of the NWPC is established to support Caucus educational programs

2014 - NWPC endorses Delegate Heather Mizeur’s run for Governor of Maryland. Maryland has yet to elect a woman Governor.

1974- NWPC launched the “Win With Women” campaign that aimed to focus attention on women candidates already running, to encourage other women, and to establish an electoral strategy by which women would gain power.

2003 - NWPC endorses former Senator Carol Moseley Braun for President, and a New York Times op-ed calls it “silly.”


2004 - NWPC works to stop the confirmations of Justices Roberts and Alito to the Supreme Court. Although the Senate confirms Alito, Alito receives fewer votes than his anti-choice colleague Justice Roberts.

​1975 - The Republican Women’s Task Force and the Democratic Women’s Task Force are established.

Established in 1971...

Re-established in 2015

2012 - Senator Mikulski becomes the longest-serving female member of Congress, surpassing Representative Edith Nourse Rogers of Massachusetts who served from 1925 - 1960. In the same year, Mikulski also becomes the first woman to chair the Senate Appropriations Committee.


2014 - NWPC endorses Delegate Heather Mizeur’s run for Governor of Maryland. Maryland has yet to elect a woman Governor.

1971 - NWPC establishes state caucuses around the country. Maryland is one of the first and most active caucuses established.

2015 - The 22nd Biennial Convention honors several prominent Marylanders: Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman speaks at the Women of Courage Awards Ceremony; former Navy SEAL Kristin Beck receives a Woman of Courage Award; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby serves as keynote speaker at the Good Guys Gala; Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby receives a Martin Abzug Good Spouse Award.


2015 - NWPC endorses Hillary Rodham Clinton for President.


2015 - The Maryland Women’s Political Caucus is re-started!

EARLY HISTORY 

The National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) is the oldest political organization for women in the United States.  The group was created in 1971 when 320 feminists (including Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug, Shirley Chisholm, Betty Friedan, Dorothy Height, and hundreds more) convened in Washington, DC after Congress failed to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. At the time, women were not considered a voting block even though they had had the right to vote for over 50 years, and there were very few women in elected office. Although the National Organization for Women (NOW) existed, there was no organization that focused solely on women in politics.

​Contact: info@marylandcaucus.org