National Women's Political Caucus of Washington


Looking Ahead to 2020


Recruiting, training, and electing women since 1971

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Walk the Marble

Sunday, January 12, 2020 1:00 p.m.


National Women's March

Saturday, January 18, 2020 11:00 a.m. 


Women Candidate Training

March 28*
April 25
May 2*
May 30

*WA women of color only

Women's Suffrage Events

Votes for Women:  100 Years and Counting

Women's Suffrage Centennial



We Have Work to Do

Emily WicksThis is an organization like no other and I am honored to serve as its leader during such a momentous year – the centennial celebration of women’s suffrage – 100 years of a woman’s right to vote. 

Wow. That actually really sucks. That means that 143 of the years in which the United States has had independence, women didn’t have a damn say. 

During that time, laws, decided only by men, made it so women ceased to legally exist once married to a man. Laws, decided only by men, forced women out of government jobs, and denied them access to birth control. Laws, decided only by men, prevented women from accessing higher education, any of the professions and, as written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 

 “nearly all the profitable employments”. 

These laws, decided by men (usually white) especially excluded and created additional barriers for women of color.

At this week’s Golden Globes, Michelle Williams offered a challenge to all of us, 

“So, women 18 to 118, when it is time to vote please do so in your self-interest. It's what men have been doing for years, which is why the world looks so much like them. But don't forget we are the largest voting body in this country. Let's make it look more like us.”

It truly is essential that we turn out to vote, but voting isn’t enough.  Women’s rights and Suffrage are not synonymous terms. It’s when women vote, and when women get elected that we are able to slowly peel back a system that worked against women, and thus, against a more just and thriving society for all. 

Equal opportunity for women to advance is still at risk, but the year 2020 could mark the beginning of a major shift. Womxn need to vote, womxn need to get elected, and womxn need to get involved and stay involved.

We have work to do. Join the cause – and the Caucus. 

 Emily Wicks

Emily Wicks-Day 
President, NWPC-WA

Walk the Marble Legislative Preview Event

Sunday, January 12 | 1 p.m. 

Join NWPC-WA members as we prepare to walk the marble in 2020! Hear from Washington State Representative and Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore Tina Orwall, learn about 2020 legislation that affects women and families, network with movers and shakers from across Washington state, and learn how you can make a difference!


National Women's March

National Women's March, Seattle | Bellingham

Saturday, January 18, 2020 | 11 a.m. 

NWPC-WA is helping to mobilize Washington women to participate sister marches in their communities. The 2020 Women’s March marks three years of resistance and three years of building power together.

No matter what issue we are fighting for, no matter how we fight for justice, women are always stronger when we fight united. The Women’s March has knitted together a powerful movement of people who share a common belief that freedom is for everyone, without exception. In 2020, #WomenRise and from our doorsteps to the White House, we’re going all in to fight for our future. 

Interested in joining NWPC-WA at the March? Contact our President, Emily Wicks at and learn more HERE.

 Candidate Trainings for Women are Back

NWPC-WA’s popular trainings start in March, and thanks to a grant from our national organization, they include two trainings exclusively for women of color. 

There are a ton of ways to be involved and make a difference. Sponsor a future candidate or campaign manager, serve on the planning committee, or advertise your consulting business to women looking for someone to help them win in 2020. Contact NWPC-WA Training and Education Chair, Christina Pedersen at and save the dates: 

  • March 28 – Women of Color Candidate Training only*
  • April 25 
  • May 2 - Women of Color Candidate Training only*
  • May 30

Your Membership Matters

Members are the reason this all-volunteer run organization is able to do the important work of getting women elected! Join NWPC-WA today and you’ll receive a free “Run like a Girl” t-shirt! 

NWPC-WA Members are also able to serve as part of the candidate endorsement process and help guide the future of the Caucus.  

Join HERE!

Endorsements Propel our Women Candidates

Speaking of endorsements. We’re gearing up for a big election year. From the US President to Congress, to state-wide races and the state legislature, women are needed on every level.

Whether you’re considering a run, considering joining a campaign, or just want to be instrumental in the effort to reach parity in government representation, NWPC-WA endorsements are where it starts.

Learn More.

Women’s Suffrage and the Washington State Historical Society

Women's SuffrageThe Washington State Historical Society and the Washington Women's History Consortium are working together to support events and programs related to the Women's Suffrage Centennial. Visit their site to learn about the projects they are supporting and their upcoming events, and access free centennial exhibits and curriculum. 

Mark your calendar for the Votes for Women Centennial Festival at the State Capitol on August 22, 2020 and visit to find out how you can mark this important milestone in American history and celebrate women in your community.

Caucus Executive Committee

President: Emily Wicks
Vice President, Democrat: Sarah Bosley
Vice President, Republican: Nancy Slotnick
Endorsements: Gail Bergeron & Catherine Minch
Secretary: Jen Levallee
Treasurer: Katherine Bobman

Visit our Leadership page for a full list of Committee Chairs and Local Endorsement Action Committee chairs.  



Where the Democratic Women Running for President Stand on Reproductive Justice

Women Presidential Candidates

We here at NWPC-WA are working hard to recruit, train and elect more women to all levels of office here in Washington State. But that doesn’t mean we’re not paying attention to what’s happening in the other Washington! We’ve been keeping a close eye on the race for the democratic presidential nomination. While we love to see a race filled with so many incredible, strong women candidates, we wanted to know exactly how each of these women see the abortion issue. So we did some research. Here’s what we found out.

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NWPC-WA Celebrates State’s First Female Speaker of the House

SEATTLE– The National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington (NWPC-WA) is ecstatic at the historic election of Representative Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) as the next Speaker of the House in Washington State, and first female Speaker in state history. 

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5 Ways to Elect Women in Washington

It's primary season again, and that means there are great opportunities to help elect women leaders across the state.  Here are five simple things you can do right now to help Women Win in Washington.  Elect Her


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5 Questions with Tiffany Dufu

We sat down with Tiffany Dufu, Founder and CEO of The Cru and New York Times best-selling author of the book, Drop the Ball. Dufu was a keynote speaker at Merrill and Bank of America’s 2019 #WomenInvested event in Bellevue. Tiffany lives in New York, but she was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. 

When asked what she does, Dufu shares that she relentlessly pursues one goal: a world in which women’s gifts and voices are fully harnessed for the benefit of all of us.

Her good advice and personal revelations span gender and generation. 

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Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal Shares Her Abortion Story


"I knew that I simply would not be able to go through what I had gone through again." -- Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

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Connecting With My Electable Self: Thinking Back on The NWPC Candidate Training

Everett Candidate Training 2019

“For years I have dreamed of taking the skills I’ve developed during my career and putting them to work for the public good. I came here to find my place- whether it’s running for office or supporting other women as they run.”

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National Women’s Political Caucus Stands Against Abortion Restrictions Nationwide

For Immediate Release 
May 16, 2019

Media Contact
Deidre Malone
(202) 785-1100


National Women’s Political Caucus Stands Against Abortion Restrictions Nationwide

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Carolyn Long seeks to inspire women to run for office

Carolyn Long speaks at the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington training in Vancouver to help women overcome hurdles to running for office. Steve Dipaola for The Columbian

Carolyn Long wants to talk about the power of losing. About how campaigning is a journey, not just a destination. About how keeping an eye on the broader reasons for running for office — serving the public, inspiring others, enacting a shared vision — can help keep a loss in perspective.

Photo caption: Carolyn Long speaks at the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington training in Vancouver to help women overcome hurdles to running for office. Credit: Steve Dipaola for The Columbian.

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