National Women's Political Caucus of Washington


NWPC-WA in The Stranger: The continued challenges of running while female

We are all too familiar with the tired headline, “Why Don’t More Women Run for Office?” This year, two women are running for president and in Seattle ten women are running for City Council, not to mention the hundreds of women running across the state. For the first time since 1998, Seattle has the potential for a woman majority on City Council. While it is promising to see more women putting their names on the ballot, these candidates still face sexist, racist, and ageist attacks along the campaign trail that are too often overlooked or ignored.

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King 5: Seattle could have first female majority council since 1990s

Natalie Brand of King 5 News highlights our work to recruit and train women candidates for Seattle City Council this year!

As our President Liz Berry says, "What excites me the most is it will be a younger council, more diverse and with more women." Watch it here!

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All in for Hillary

The National Women's Political Caucus officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for President of the United States recently. Our own state steering committee member Samantha Casne shares why she is going all in for Hillary in 2016. 

Hillary_Clinton_Samantha_Casne.jpgI’ve been a Hillary supporter for a long time.  

I first worked for Hillary in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2007, and then went on to work for her in 8 other states. I literally committed 1,000 and 10 percent to her 2008 presidential campaign.

I committed all that time, energy and effort because of many factors. But most of all, I supported Hillary over any other presidential candidate because of her commitment to women and girls. 

I’m reminded of why this is so important almost on a daily basis. Just this month, we remembered Equal Pay Day.  We also remembered that a year ago, a group of Nigerian schools girls were kidnapped from their school while they were sitting for an exam. 

It’s a no brainer to me the connection between empowering women and girls and creating a more just and equal society. Hillary understands this connection and has focused on empowering women and girls as part of a broader strategy to strengthen societies around the globe.  

This is not a new thing for her. Hillary has always been involved in advancing the rights of women and girls, even as a young lawyer when she worked for the Children’s Defense Fund. 

As Secretary of State, she made women a cornerstone of US foreign policy. Across the globe, she explained that for nations to succeed and for economies to grow, women must be respected, empowered and be present at the leadership table. As a diplomat, she worked to provide the tools to make that happen.

Women’s leadership roles in society and empowering women and girls appear to be gaining in popularity. With the recent conversation happening in the news media about women in leadership, with Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” concept, and with the pay gap conversation, discussions about women’s societal roles seems to be taking off.  I’m excited by this conversation, especially because I see Hillary building on that momentum and propelling all of us to victory in 2016. 

To think we could have a president, a woman no less, who shares the values and commitment to empowering women and girls is exhilarating.  

I’m #ready for Hillary in 2016! If you are, and would like to help get her elected, find more information at

Seattle Times: Election may make Seattle City Council younger, more diverse

NWPC-WA President Liz Berry quoted in the Seattle Times about how woman candidates fared in the primary election in Seattle:

Liz Berry, president of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington, called Tuesday night “a great night for women.”

“We have a shot at a women-majority council for the first time since 1998,” Berry said. “It’s a really exciting time for Seattle politics when you think about what the council could look like in November.”

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King County Endorsement Interviews - June 22-24

Hello volunteers!

It's here again – time for more King County endorsements! The interviews are a key factor in the endorsement process and it’s one of the most fun things we do! Please make sure your membership is up to date if you participate.

We will be interviewing three nights – June, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th (Mon-Tue-Wed) and would love to have a core group that can do all nights. However, we would be happy even if you can only do one evening.

What: National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington King County Candidate Endorsement Interviews

When: June 22nd, 23rd, and 24th (Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday) 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Where: Downtown Seattle Law Offices of VanNess Feldman
719 – 2nd Avenue, Suite 1150, Seattle
A greeter will be in the lobby to grant you entry

RSVP: Karen Heidergott

How Women's Groups Are Betting on 'The Hillary Clinton Effect'

NWPC-WA President Liz Berry quoted in the National Journal about how the "Hillary Clinton Effect" is inspiring women to step up to the plate to run for office:

But many involved in recruiting female candidates this cycle say they've seen a noticeable uptick in the number of women who are expressing interest in running—and mentioning Clinton as a reason. When Liz Berry, who runs the Washington state chapter of the National Women's Political Caucus, asked the 70-odd women at their March training to name a female leader who inspires them, more than half immediately named Clinton.

"It's in the air," she said. "A lot of the thinking, especially in the tougher races, is that Hillary will be the tide that floats all boats. If Hillary's on the ballot, it's got to be good for women, especially Democratic women."

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2015 Early Endorsements

We are proud to share our early endorsements for candidates across the state for the 2015 elections. There is no question that this is a record breaking year for women on the Washington ballot!

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Rep. Senn: Standing Up For Women on Equal Pay Day

This is a guest post from Representative Tana Senn

When I was in high school, there was no girls soccer team. The boys had a team, but not one for my friends and me. So my classmates and I stood up for ourselves. So many of us tried out for the team, they had no choice but to create one for us. I learned an important lesson that I've carried forward throughout my life. 

When you speak up against an injustice, you can create change.

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2015 Candidate Training a Roaring Success

Last month, we facilitated one of the largest candidate trainings in our 40-year history. Over 60 women joined us for a full day of intense training and to chart out their route to public office. 

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Seattle Times: Big, diverse slate of candidates runs in city’s first vote by district

NWPC-WA President Liz Berry quoted in the Seattle Times about how district elections for Seattle City Council this year have opened the doors for women, people of color and young people to run for office:

“The money you need to raise is much lower,” said Liz Berry, president of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington. “There are fewer people who you need to talk to. When you’re running citywide, doorbelling is a crazy thing to do. But running in a district, you can try to go door to door and win voters one by one.”

Three current council members have decided to leave City Hall next year rather than seek re-election. “That also means more opportunity for new people,” Berry said.

In 2013, when there were four council seats in play, 10 candidates made the primary ballot. In 2011, when there were five seats up for grabs, there were 13 candidates.

With all nine seats available this year, there are 36 campaigns registered with the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission. More hopefuls are waiting in the wings; the deadline to file with King County Elections is May 15.

Seattle voters endorsed the change to district elections by approving a 2013 ballot measure.

“It’s exciting to have young people, people of color and women running for office,” Berry said. “We predicted this would happen, to some degree. But we didn’t know how many people would actually jump in — the extent has really blown us away.”

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