Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we only endorse women candidates?
The mission of the NWPC is to get more women elected and appointed to office and to achieve gender parity in our elected bodies where women are traditionally underrepresented. Unfortunately, that mission is as relevant today as it was when the Caucus was founded in 1971. Women are historically underrepresented in policy formation and discriminated against when running for office.
Women typically come to politics to solve a problem. They come as moms, nurses, and teachers. They often lack the monied and influential networks that men develop during their careers. Members of the Caucus come together to provide that candidate support and level the playing field.
Why is gender parity important?
Research shows that women have a more inclusive, transparent, and collaborative leadership style. They understand and prioritize issues that impact women and families like education, domestic violence, dependent care, and reproductive health care. They see the human side of issues.
A diverse governing body is a stronger, more effective, and more representative governing body.
What does NWPC offer candidates?
Caucus chapters across the country work to recruit women to run for office, train them to run winning campaigns, endorse them, and help raise money to support their campaigns with important early money. Chapters use the comprehensive campaign training manuals to conduct campaign training for candidates, campaign workers and volunteers, and for women who just want to learn more about the political process.
How is the NWPC different from other women's organizations?
Founded in 1971, the NWPC is the oldest national organization dedicated exclusively to increasing women's participation in all areas of political and public life -- as elected and appointed officials, as delegates to national party conventions, as judges in the state and federal courts, and as lobbyists, voters and campaign organizers - regardless of political party.
The Caucus does it's important work of supporting women candidates and working toward gender parity through a network of state and local chapters and individual members.
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