Women Supporting Women!

On this 48th anniversary of the founding of the National Women’s Political Caucus, we commemorate the brave women that stood behind such an honorable and prestigious organization. These founders included Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, and Shirley Chisholm. Just one year prior, Congress failed to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, therefore, these three women united forces to become our nation’s political decision-makers on topics such as economic, legal, and social equity issues among women of our nation. “Founded in 1971, the National Women’s Political Caucus is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to increasing women’s participation in all areas of political and public life — as elected and appointed officials, as delegates to national party conventions, as judges in the state and federal courts, and as lobbyists, voters and campaign organizers.”1 Since the caucus’ founding, there has not only been a drastic growth in women who hold legislative positions, but also a positive shift in women’s’ rights for our nation. After all this time, the National Women’s Political Caucus is still the only national organization that focuses primarily on increasing women’s participation in all areas of not just political life, but public life as well.

Following the founding of the National Women's Political Caucus, Shirley Chisholm ran for office in 1972. Attached is one of her famous speeches accessed from our archives. She was the first black woman elected to the United States congress. She firmly believed in equality for all, and refused to surrender on her beliefs. What a fearless leader!

1. “About the Caucus” http://www.nwpc.org/history

 

Abby Sullivan, Summer Intern

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