posted by Emily Wicks | January 09, 2020
We Have Work to Do
This 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.
posted by Hannah Febach | September 17, 2019
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.Read more
posted by Samantha Casne | July 31, 2019
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.Read more
posted by Constance McBarron | July 03, 2019
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.Read more
posted by Constance McBarron | June 14, 2019
"I knew that I simply would not be able to go through what I had gone through again." -- Congresswoman Pramila JayapalRead more
posted by | May 18, 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.”Read more
posted by National Women's Political Caucus | May 16, 2019
For Immediate Release
May 16, 2019
National Women’s Political Caucus Stands Against Abortion Restrictions NationwideRead more
posted by Constance McBarron | April 16, 2019
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.Read more