National Women's Political Caucus of Washington


More than Ready for November!

Women candidates across Washington state reached an important milestone earlier this month – the primary election. With 80 percent of our endorsed women candidates on the primary ballot making it in the top-two, there will be a whopping 135 NWPCWA-endorsed candidates on the ballot in November. These candidates need your help to get across the finish line and into public office! Check out our summary below of some notable wins across the state! 

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Karen Besserman

We will miss our friend and fellow champion for women, Karen Besserman.

Karen was instrumental in narrowing the gender gap in government representation for women in Washington. A longtime advocate and supporter of women candidates, she spent the last years of her life doing what she loved: supporting women running for office.

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Behind the scenes: NWPCWA Candidate Training Lead Christina Pedersen

Ever wondered who’s behind some of NWPC-WA’s candidate trainings? It’s a complex job: finding amazing speakers and trainers, handling venue and catering arrangements, and communicating with up to 50 anxious would-be candidates for each session.  Luckily, it’s well within the skillset and passion of Christina Pedersen: tireless NWPC-WA volunteer, soon-to-be high school biology teacher, and mom to two young boys.  Christina recently shared more about her work with NWPC-WA in a typically high-energy zoom call from her home in Marysville. 

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Formidable Advocate for Equality

With grateful credit to Special Olympics Washington for their Women’s History Month post honoring Eunice Kennedy Shriver. It was the catalyst for me to write about her today.


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Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, others react to Harris becoming first female vice president-elect

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Madam Vice President

Today, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the presidential election, and for the first time in our nation’s history, we get to say...


Women up and down the ticket fought hard in this election. Thanks to the tireless work of thousands in Washington state and around the country, we made important gains. We will continue to push for women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, human rights, and a government that more closely reflects America. We are not finished, but we are moving closer. And we did so with a record-breaking number of people casting ballots.

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The final count is still being tallied--but there is good news

If the last four years have taught us nothing else, they have given us deep wells of endurance, persistence, tenacity and resolve. We always knew we needed to wait for every vote to count--and that’s what we are going to do.  

While we stay optimistic about the results of our Presidential election, we are honored to report some great outcomes for our endorsed women candidates and races here in Washington state. 

Nearly 70 percent of our endorsed women candidates across Washington State are winning--59 out of 85!

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