National Women's Political Caucus
The National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) is a national multi-partisan grassroots organization in the United States dedicated to recruiting, training, and supporting women who seek elected and appointed offices.
NWPC was founded in 1971 by Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug, Shirley Chisholm, Betty Friedan, Dorothy Height, Myrlie Evers, several congresswomen, heads of national organizations, and others who shared the vision of gender equality including Dolores Delahanty of Kentucky and writer and journalist Letty Cottin Pogrebin. They established three main issues: reproductive freedom, affordable childcare, and passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Also important are addressing male–female income disparity in the United States and diversity at the decision-making levels. The NWPC held its first convention in Houston from February 9 to 11, 1973.
The current president of the NWPC is Linda Young. Linda Young previously served as the 1st Vice President and Vice President of Development for the National Women's Political Caucus. She has served on the national board for over ten years, first as a Regional Director, and later as Vice President for Development. Young served more than 10 years on the NWPC-Texas board in various capacities, including serving twice as state president. On behalf of the Caucus, she recruited the first two co-chairs for the President's Circle, Liz Carpenter and Luci Baines Johnson, and has begun the groundwork for establishing the first endowment for the Caucus.
Young currently serves as Special Assistant to the President for External Affairs for Austin Community College District, the eighth largest community college in the country. Her professional career has included significant development work for education institutions and for public and private organizations, with more than $18 million in funds raised through Young's efforts. Young served as CEO of a small start-up state agency for five years in Texas, beginning during Governor Ann Richards’s administration. With almost four decades dedicated to working on women’s issues and equality, Young received the Medal of Honor/Veteran Feminists of America. Linda was one of the early recipients of the national leadership award for women, the Athena Award.
The National Women’s Political Caucus organizes campaign workshops across the country to teach the nuts and bolts of running a successful candidacy at all levels of government. The Caucus Political Planning Committee vets women candidates for endorsement and the political action committee raises money to support endorsed candidates with campaign contributions. The Caucus also offers workshops on political appointments and collaborates with other women’s political organizations to promote good women candidates for gubernatorial and presidential appointments to key posts within the government.
NWPC has local caucuses in communities across the country to help identify candidates, needs and issues specific to their state or county.
- Official NWPC site with list of state and local caucuses
- Audiotape collection of the National Women's Political Caucus (U.S.), 1977-2000. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
- Videotape and motion picture collection of the National Women's Political Caucus (U.S.), 1981-2003. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.