Women's Organizations - National

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120 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
(212) 514-7600

Catalyst is America’s leading nonprofit organization working to advance women in business and the professions. Catalyst compiles data on women who sit on Fortune 500 boards, how many hold corporate offices, and what they earn, as well as the percentage of women of color in corporate management. Corporations and firms can become involved with Catalyst in many ways, from something as simple as purchasing publications or attending a Catalyst event, to consulting with Catalyst’s issues experts about policies and programs. Catalyst can also be used as a resource for board member searches, funding research, or event sponsorships.

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

1200 18th Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 906-8000

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), a national, nonprofit organization founded in 1968, conducts research, policy analysis, technical assistance, and advocacy on issues related to economic security for low-income families with children.

Center for Women in Government and Civil Society

University at Albany
Draper 302
135 Western Ave.
Albany, NY 12222
(518) 442-3900

The Center for Women in Government and Civil Society (CWGCS) seeks to deepen and broaden political access and economic opportunities for women by strengthening the capacity of government, nonprofit and business sectors to implement gender-responsive, inclusive and equitable policies, practices and services.

The Feminist Majority

1600 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 801
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 522-2214

The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), which was founded in 1987, is a cutting edge organization dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. In all spheres, FMF utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically. The organization believes that feminists - both women and men, girls and boys - are the majority, but this majority must be empowered.

Institute for Women’s Policy Research

1200 18th Street NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 785-5100

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) is a public policy research organization dedicated to informing and stimulating the debate on public policy issues of critical importance to women and their families. It focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earning, work and family issues, the economic and social aspects of health care and domestic violence, and women’s civic and political participation. They develop new policy ideas, encourage enlightened public debate, and promote sound policy and program development. They also work to help change minds and improve the practices of institutions. IWPR operates on the principle that knowledge is power and that social science evidence based on strong data and analysis, compellingly presented and systematically disseminated, makes a difference in moving public policy.

The Economic Security for Survivors Project, which was founded by Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), transitioned to the IWPR. The ESS seeks to build, protect, and restore the economic security of survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking so that they may be safe and free of abuse. 

International Center for Research on Women

1120 20th St NW, Suite 500 North
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 797-0007

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is an international non-profit organization specializing in the betterment of women and girls with a deep commitment to fostering women's participation around the world.

The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League

1156 15th Street, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 973-3000

For over thirty years, the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) has been the Political arm of the pro-choice movement and a strong advocate of reproductive freedom and choice. NARAL's mission is to protect and preserve the right to choose while promoting policies and programs that improve women's health and make abortion less necessary. NARAL works to educate Americans and officeholders about reproductive rights and health issues and elect pro-choice candidates at all levels of government.

National Association of Commissions for Women

1732 1st AVE. #27315
New York, NY 1012
(855) 703-6229 (toll free)


The National Association of Commissions for Women (NACW) sustains, strengthens and advocates for women’s commissions in their work to promote equality and justice for all women and girls and ensure they are represented and empowered in their communities.

National Association for Female Executives


As the largest women’s professional association and the largest women business owners’ organization in the country, the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) provides resources and services through education, networking, and public advocacy to empower its members to achieve career success and financial security.

National Association of Women in Construction

327 S. Adam St.
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(817) 877-5551 / (800) 552-3506

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) was founded in Ft. Worth, Texas, in 1955. In its more than 45 years of service to its membership, NAWIC has advanced the causes of all women in construction whose careers range from business ownership to the skilled trades. The core purpose of NAWIC is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry.


National Foundation for Women Legislators


NFWL is a non-partisan 501c3, educational foundation for elected women on the state, county, and municipal levels.


National Organization for Women

1100 H Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 628-8669

The National Organization for Women is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been "to take action" and bring about equality for all women.

National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund

5 Hanover Square, Suite 1502
New York, NY 10004
(212) 925-6635

Since 1970, the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund continues to be at the center of every major social and economic justice concern on the women's rights agenda, defining the issues and bringing them to public attention. NOW Legal Defense pursues equality for women and girls in the workplace, schools, family and the courts, through litigation, education, and public information programs.

National Women’s Health Network

1413 K Street NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 682-2640

The National Women’s Health Network (NWHN) is a nonprofit health advocacy organization founded in 1975 to give women a greater voice in the health care system in the United States. The Network advocates for better federal policy on women's health. They provide women with information and resources to assist them in making better health care decisions.

National Women’s Law Center

11 Dupont Circle, NW, # 800
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 588-5180

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) is a non-profit organization that has been working since 1972 to expand the possibilities for women and their families at work, in school, and in virtually every aspect of their lives. NWLC focuses on major concerns of women and girls, including family economic security, education, employment opportunities, and health, with special attention given to the concerns of low-income women.

National Women’s Political Caucus

PO Box 50476
Washington, DC 20091
(202) 785-1100

The purpose of the National Women’s Political Caucus, Inc. is to increase women’s participation in the political process and to identify, recruit, train and support pro-choice women for election and appointment to public office.

Right Women, Right Now

A national initiative through the Republican State Leadership Committee to identify, recruit, train and support new women state-level candidates nationwide.

She Should Run

718 7th Street NW, 2nd Floor
Washington DC 20001
(202) 796-8396

A national organization providing information and resources to women exploring a run for public office. Includes an online tool to ask women to run for office.

Women’s Bureau

U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue, NW - Room No. S-3002
Washington, DC 20210
(800) 827-5335 / (202) 693-6710

Established in June 1920, the Women's Bureau is the single unit at the Federal government level exclusively concerned with serving and promoting the interests of working women. To ensure that the voices of working women are heard, and that their priorities are represented in the public policy arena, the Women's Bureau alerts women about their rights in the workplace, proposes policies and legislation that benefit working women, researches and analyzes information about women and work, and reports its findings to the President, Congress and the public.

Women Thrive

1875 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 405
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 999-4500