Women s Legislative Caucuses

Women's Legislative Caucuses

By Katie Ziegler| Vol . 21, No. 39 / October 2013

NCSL NewsThe nation’s first women’s legislative caucus, the Women Legislators of Maryland, was founded in 1972 to promote public policy that improves women’s lives and to increase the number of women in public office. Today, bipartisan women’s caucuses are active in at least 23 states. Some meet weekly and work to support specific bills, while others focus more on networking. All provide female lawmakers opportunities for mentoring, teamwork, professional development and information sharing in the nation’s statehouses, where men outnumber women roughly four to one.

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