National Women's Political Caucus

Of New York


The National Women's Political Caucus of New York


Started by Gloria Steinem, Congresswomen Shirley Chisholm and Bella Abzug, the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) was Co-founded in 1971 by Democratic & Republican women with a common vision to support pro-choice and the passage and ratification of the equal rights amendment (ERA). It is a non-partisan organization with membership throughout the United States.




Civic Engagement is an important topic for 21st century women to embrace. Through civic engagement we can "correct" the prospects, achievements and realities of available opportunities for women to succeed. Unlike our foremothers, there is an expectation of our generation to meet a standard and exceed this progress as we prepare for huge milestones on the horizon of 2020.

We will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment - which gave women the right to vote. Women like Alice Paul, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott and other suffragettes knew the time was upon them to take action that would define the next century for Women in leadership. Today our female leaders despite their best efforts continue to struggle. At some point we must revisit and question - what went wrong with the strategy/vision/plan and how these goals were missed?



NWPC NEW YORK Chapter was revitalized on February 11, 2015 under the innovative leadership of the NY Chapter President Sharon Nelson. Moving forward with “Marching towards Parity” 50/50 by 2020, NWPC NEW YORK continues to grow.



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Clear your calendar - It's going down! The National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) NY chapter in conjunction with our collaborative partners is calling on Women in New York State to come together to participate in a conference on Civic-Engagement. Civic Engagement is when the leadership in a community comes together collectively to problem solve, share and create change! On Dec 01-04 at the famous and historic Riverside Church in Harlem there are 6 topics of focus for this conference:



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Words from our NWPC NY President

Dear Friends:

GM, I have just returned from one of the most incredible experiences of my life - the 2016 Democratic National Convention.  I experienced it from many sides and have come away with a fuller perspective of today's world.  I went, not to be partisan but to witness history in the making and to be in the crescendo of change where Women are finally being recognized for their contributions.

This is soooo much bigger than Hillary Clinton!  By default, she is the "face" and "name" of this de facto evolution.  I spent time with the protestors (and witnessed first hand that "police" situation), in the convention hall and at the Wells Fargo Center - at each venue there are important takeaways indicative of our reality and the human spirit.  All of it however is a display of unbridled passion that requires a leadership quotient to fine tune the results.

It begs pragmatic questions that require honest, simple and real answers.  Our differences are articulated by denial vs. acceptance.  Our Society is in need real solutions and upgrades in universal acceptance and quality of life.  One of the great things about America is that we are a country of opportunity and change.  This statement is evidenced and validated by history.

It is time to put aside the petty differences and unite because like it or not, the divine order and time knows the solution.  The rest of us will know in about 100 days or so.

Below is a remarkable video my friend Liz Abzug sent me.  It tells the truth and is a beautiful tribute to our foremothers, genealogy and strength of our struggles.  Please watch - the video alone can spur a lifetime of conversation.  Whether you like it or not please share (via your social media) it as it is an ode to joy for many.   If the link does not work please search for it on You Tube via the above subject line description.

Some of the great things about our species is our thumb, intelligence, compassion and that we were created in the image of God.  It's time to throw off the shackles, have faith and start to trust each other.  The decision this intersection forces is more comprehensive than campaign spin.  For women, people of color, the LGBTQ community and individuals who thrive from the ability to express their inalienable rights - I am speaking to you!  You can no longer be a spectator as we are fighting for respect, relevance, a decent quality of life and to acknowledge/embrace the power of the "right" to vote.  Please encourage everyone you know to vote this November - we must NEVER give up and always keep going forward!  Thank you for reading this commentary, your feedback is welcome.



Sharon Nelson


Women's Political Caucus - NYC

Sharon Nelson
Sharon Nelson NWPC NY - President

Hillary Clinton Film "SHOULDERS" - Montage Portion of Film