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NFWL 2016 Chair - Delaware Representative Helene Keeley

NFWL 2016 Chair
Delaware Representative Helene Keeley

The greatest rising force in American politics today is not a political party, nor is it a lobbying community, it is women.

In 1979, women held a mere 10% of all state legislative seats in the country. Today they hold 1,808, or 24.5% of the 7,383 seats nationwide. Currently, 20 women serve in the US Senate and 84 serve in the US House of Representatives, while 77 women hold statewide elective office. Of those, there are 6 women Governors, 12 Lt. Governors, 9 Attorneys General and 13 Secretaries of State. From Washington, DC to local city councils, women are making a big difference in politics and how our country is run. Women chair numerous committees, they influence policy and they understand the importance of building bipartisan coalitions in support of the nation’s most pressing concerns to ensure widespread change in both thought and policy on a variety of issues.

That’s where the National Foundation for Women Legislators comes in! Since 1938, NFWL has served as a forum for elected women from across the country to be empowered through information and experience. As the oldest organization for elected women in America and the ONLY one that includes women on the city, county and state levels, we encourage our members to take leadership roles and form connections across the aisle. We know that only by working together, can we achieve our goals.

Since we do not have dues, the over 5,000 elected women in the US on the state, county and municipal levels are considered members, receive our communications and are invited to participate in our programs.

THE VISION OF NFWL is to empower and inspire elected women to become thought leaders who shape America’s future.

THE MISSION OF NFWL is to provide strategic resources to elected women for leadership development, exchange of diverse legislative ideas, and effective governance through conferences, state outreach, educational materials, professional and personal relationships, and networking. We encourage the election and/or appointment of women to public office.

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