California History

NWPC was founded in the midst of the modern American women’s movement when 320 women from 26 states met under the leadership of feminists such as Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug, Gloria Steinem, and Betty Friedan to form the caucus on July 11, 1971. The first statement of purpose pledged to fight sexism, racism, institutional violence, and poverty. They chose to advocate for change by reforming major political parties, the election of women to public office, the advocacy of women’s issues, and the support of feminist candidates, regardless of party.

 In the first three years of its existence, female state officeholders increased by 36 percent as a result of NWPC recruitment and leadership programs. By 1976, they formed a political action committee and began contributing financially to selected races. We now proudly state that we are a multi-partisan organization that respects a woman’s right to make private medical decisions without governmental interference.

 All of the strong current female electeds from California and in the California State Legislature and Executive branch are NWPC endorsed and members or supporters of NWPC. This includes such strong leaders as Congresswoman (and former Assembly Speaker Karen Bass), State Senator Holy Mitchell, State Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, and of course our two amazing senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. With the assistance of NWPC, it has been proven time and time again that when women run, women win!