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Contact information for women's organizations in areas including health, civil rights, politics, education, and employment. Please email with any updates, revisions, or additions.
American Jewish Conference Commission on Women's Equality
2027 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20036
PHONE: (202)332-4001
Black Women's Agenda
208 Auburn Avenue, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303
PHONE: (404)524-8279
FAX: (404)524-0778
Washington Office:
1330 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

The Black Women's Agenda is an organization which exists to protect and advance the needs and rights of Black women in a constantly changing society, exclusively through research, dissemination of information, advocacy, education, and training.
B'nai B'rith Women (BBW)
1828 L Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
PHONE: (202)857-1370
FAX: (202)857-1380

BBW supports Jewish Women in their families, in their communities and in society. Its goals and objectives are to advance the effectiveness of women in improving the quality of life, to advance the emotional well-being of children and youth and to advance Jewish life and values. 100,000 Members. 500 Chapter and/or State affiliates.
Catholics for a Free Choice
1436 U Street, N.W. Suite 301
Washington, D.C. 20009
PHONE: (202)986-6093
FAX: (202)332-7995

Established in 1973, Catholics For A Free Choice (CFFC) is an international educational organization that supports the right to legal reproductive health care, especially to family planning and abortions. CFFC also works to reduce the incidence of abortion and to increase women's choices in childbearing and child-rearing through advocacy of social and economic programs for women, families and children. Mailing list of 10,000. State contacts in 28 states as well as Guam and Puerto Rico.
Center for Advancement of Public Policy
1735 S Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
PHONE: (202)797-0606
FAX: (202)797-0606

The Center for Advancement of Public Policy is a non-profit, 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to equity and accountability. Specific projects include corporate accountability, women's workplace rights, and women's political empowerment.
Center for Policy Alternatives
1875 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Suite 710
Washington, D.C. 20009
PHONE: (202)387-6030
FAX: (202)986-2539

The Center for Policy Alternatives is a 16-year old progressive, nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy center. Our program components include research and analysis, policy models, advisory boards, publications, technical and strategic assistance, direct field work, and extensive nationwide networks of state policy makers and advocates. Our four program areas are: Women's Economic Justice, Governance; Public Capital; and Environmental Sustainable Development.
The Women's Voices Project
The Women's Voices Project (working title) is a joint project of the Center for Policy Alternatives and the MS. Foundation with the goal of talking to women and hearing their concerns regarding their work and the impact of the economy on their lives and the lives of their families. The project held 5 focus groups in March 1992 and will conduct a national survey in April. Special attention is being paid to the concerns of women of color and working class women. In June, there will be national and state press briefing and roundtables with women leaders to discuss the policy implications. For further information contact Donna Talbert at the number above.
Center for Women Policy Studies
2000 P Street, N.W. Suite 508
Washington, D.C. 20036
PHONE: (202)872-1770
FAX: (202)296-8962

The Center for Women Policy Studies is an independent policy research and advocacy institution, founded in 1972 to address complex, cutting edge women's issues. Its focus is on combined race- plus-sex bias, the self-defined needs of women of color. The Center conducts policy research analysis and advocacy programs on a range of issues.
Church Women United
100 Maryland Avenue, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
PHONE: (202)544-8747
FAX: (202)543-1297

A movement of over one-half million women in 1700 local units by 25 religious denominations. 500,000 Members. 1700 Chapter and/or State affiliates.
Clearinghouse on Women's Issues
3001 Veazey Terrace, N.W. Suite 216
Washington, D.C. 20008
PHONE: (202)363-9795
Delta Research and Education Foundation
1707 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
PHONE: (202)986-2400
FAX: (202)986-2513

Affiliated with:

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
1707 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009

This organiztion serves as a resource for Civil Rights
The Feminist Institute
P. O. Box 30563
Bethesda, MD 20824
PHONE: (301)951-9040
Fund for the Feminist Majority
1600 Wilson Blvd. Suite 704
Arlington, VA 22209
PHONE: (703)522-2214
FAX: (703)522-2219

Devises research and activist strategies to employer women and to transform the pervasive social, political and economic obstacles women face.
General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC)
1734 N Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
PHONE: (202)347-3168
FAX: (202)835-0246

GFWC is the world's largest and oldest nonpartisan, non- denominational women's volunteer service organization. Founded in 1890 and chartered by Congress in 1901, GFWC has 350,000 members in 8,500 clubs in the United States and approximately 10 million worldwide in 30 countries. GFWC clubs are credited with establishing 75 percent of the national public libraries. Clubs undertake volunteer community service projects in the areas of the arts, conservation, education, home life (i.e., women's health and finances), public affairs, and international affairs. The GFWC Women's History and Resource Center established in 1984 provides students, scholars and the public access to a special collection devoted to women's history with an emphasis on volunteerism. 350,000 Members in the United States; 10 million Members worldwide. 52 State Federations including D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Girls Incorporated
National Headquarters:
30 E 33rd Street
New York, N.Y. 10016
PHONE: (212)689-3706
FAX: (212)683-1253

Washington Office:
3101 New Mexico Ave. NW #241
Washington D.C. 20016
PHONE: (202)775-8191
FAX: (202)785-0879

Girls, Incorporated is a national direct service and advocacy organization for school-age girls. 125 Affiliates.
Gray Panthers
2025 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 821
Washington, DC 20006
PHONE: (202)466-3132
FAX: (202)466-3133
Hispanic Women's Council
5803 E. Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90022
PHONE: (213)725-1657
Inet for Women
P.O. Box 6178
McLean, VA 22106
PHONE: (703)893-8541
League for Women Voters
1730 M Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
PHONE: (202)429-1965
FAX: (202)429-0854

97,000 Members. 1,100 Chapter and State affiliates.
The Links, Incorporated
1200 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
PHONE: (202)842-8686
FAX: (202)842-4020

The Links, Incorporated is a women's service organization which was established in 1946. It is a program oriented organization concentrating on four major program facets: The Arts, International Trends and Services, National Trends and Services, and Services To Youth.

Membership Organization. 8,000 + Members. 241 Chapters across the nation, Hawaii, Frankfurt, Germany, and Nassau, Bahamas.
Mexican American Women's National Association (MANA)
1101 17th Street, N.W. Suite 803 Washington, D.C. 20036-4704
PHONE: (202)833-0060
FAX: (202)833-0086

MANA was founded in 1974 to promote the social, educational and economic advancement of Hispanic Women. It is the largest volunteer membership organization for Hispanic women. MANA serves as a voice and resource for Hispanic women and supports legislation initiatives key to promoting equality for all women. 2000 members. 13 Chapter and/or affiliates.
Ms. Foundation for Women
141 Fifth Avenue, 6-S
New York, NY 10001
PHONE: (212)353-8580

Founded in 1972, the Ms. Foundation for Women is a national, multi- issue, public women's fund that supports the efforts of women and girls to govern their lives and influence the world around them The Ms. Foundation funds and assists women's self-help organizing efforts and pursues changes in public consciousness, law, philanthropy and social policy. The Foundation directs resources to break down barriers faced by women of color, low income women, older women, lesbians, and women with disabilities. 3,500 Members.
5432 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20015
PHONE: (202)362-0923
National Abortion Federation
1436 U Street, NW Suite 103
Washington, D.C. 20009
PHONE: (202)667-5881
FAX: (202)667-5890

A membership organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality and accessibility of abortion services.
National Abortion Rights Action League
1101 14th St. N.W. 5th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
PHONE: (202)408-4698
National Association for Girls and Women in Sports (NAGWS)
1900 Association Drive
Reston, VA 22091-1599
PHONE: (703)476-3452
FAX: (703)476-9527

The mission of NAGWS is to serve as the primary organization for professional development and promotion of girls and women as sport leaders and to advocate programs of sport and physical activity for all females. The four main goals include: developing and promoting women for sport leadership; advocating women's full participation in sports and physical activity positions; initiating and enhancing quality programs for all females; and generating awareness about the profession. 9000 members. 53 Chapter and/or state affiliates.
National Association of Comission's for Women
c/o District of Columbia Commission For Women
Room N-354
Reeve Center
2000 14th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
PHONE: (202)628-5030
FAX: (202)939-8763

The National Association of Commission's for Women (NACW) is a membership organization composed of regional, state, county and local commissions created by government to improve the status of women. The NACW was founded in 1970 to give a national voice to commissions for women. 3,000 Commission members. 240 State, county and local commissions.
National Black Women's Health Project
1615 M Street, N.W. Suite 230
Washington, D.C. 20036
PHONE: (202)835-0117
FAX: (202)833-8790

The National Black Women's Health Project is a self-help and health advocacy organization that is committed to improving the overall health status of Black women. The core program of the Project is based on the concept and practice of self help and the inclusion of all African American women, with a special focus on Black women living on low incomes. 2,000+ Members. 150 Chapter and/or State affiliates.
National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE)
1126 16th Street, N.W. Suite 411
Washington, D.C. 20036
PHONE: (202)331-7343
FAX: (202)331-7406

NCPE is a national coalition working to provide technical and other assistance on pay equity while also working to eliminate discrimination based on sex and race.
National Council for Research on Women
530 Broadway at Spring Street - 10th Floor
New York, NY 10012
PHONE: (212)274-0730

The Council is an independent association of centers and organizations that provide resources for feminist research, policy analysis, and educational programs for women and girls. Through members centers and affiliates, the Council reaches over 10,000 scholars and practitioners in the US and abroad and serves constituencies that include government, the media, business and industry, and the nonprofit sector, as well as the academic community and the general public.

The Council maintains an online Work-In Progress Database, publishes Women's Research Network News, the Council's quarterly newsletter and publishes a number of directories for and about women.
National Conference of Puerto Rican Women
812 W. 181st Street Suite 63
New York, N.Y. 10033
PHONE: (516)679-9406
National Congress of Neighborhood Women
249 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11211

International network of grassroots women engaged in community development organizing.
National Council of Jewish Women
1101 15th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
PHONE: (202)296-2588
FAX: (202)452-0564

53 West 23rd Street
New York, N.Y. 10010
PHONE: (212)645-4048
FAX: (212)645-7466

100,000 Members. 200 State and/or Chapter affiliates. Civil Rights; Work/Family Issues;Child Care; Volunteerism.
National Council of Negro Women
1211 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Suite 702
Washington D.C. 20036
PHONE: (202)659-0006
National Council of Women of the U.S.
777 United Nations Plaza
7th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10017
PHONE: (212)697-1278
FAX: (212)972-0164
(D.C.) (202) 363-2192

Founded in 1888, the National Council of Women in the United States, a non-partisan, non-sectarian coalition of women's organizations and individual members, serves as a far-reaching network of those who are concerned with current issues . . . in the home, on the job, in the community, in the nation and the world. The National Council of Women, U.S. holds NGO (non-governmental organization) status at the United States. As a founding member of the International Council of Women, its outreach extends around the world through its 75 sisters Councils. 400 individual and 35 member organizations. Racial and ethnic harmony
National Displaced Homemakers Network
1625 K Street, N.W. Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20006
PHONE: (202)467-6346
FAX: (202)467-5366

The National Displaced Homemakers Network is dedicated to empowering displaced homemakers of all racial and ethnic backgrounds and assisting them to achieve economic self-sufficiency. The Network affects public policy by working with lawmakers and business leaders to create and strengthen programs that help displaced homemakers achieve these goals. The National Network is committed to ongoing, comprehensive public education to build awareness of the needs of displaced homemakers. The National Network collects data, disseminates information, provides technical assistance and acts as a communications link to the more than 1,000 programs, agencies, and educational institutions that provide job training and other vital services to America's 15 million displaced homemakers.
National Organization for Women
1000 16th Street, N.W. Suite 700
Washington D.C. 20036
PHONE: (202)331-0066
FAX: (202)785-8576
National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund (Now Legal Defense and Education Fund)
99 Hudson Street Suite 1201
New York, N.Y. 10013
PHONE: (212)925-6635
FAX: (212)226-1066

The NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund is a national non-profit women's rights advocacy organization based in New York. NOW Legal Defense and Education Funds is a free-standing organization, with our own board of directors and by-laws. We are a sister organization to the National Organization For Women.

Our mission is to achieve equality for women in the workplace in courts and in schools We do litigation, legislative work and public education.
National Political Congress of Black Women
48 Crestwood Lane
Williamsville, NY 14221
National Women's Party
144 Constitution Avenue, N.E.
Washington D.C. 20002
PHONE: (202)546-1210
FAX: (202)543-2365

The National Woman's Party was founded in 1913 by suffragist Alice Paul who wrote the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923. The Primary legislative goals are passage and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. The National Woman's Party also serves as a clearinghouse on the history of suffrage and supports other women's issues.
National Women's Conference Center
1909 l9TH Street, N.W. Suite 304
Washington D.C. 20009
National Women's Conference Committee (NWCC)
c/o University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54701
PHONE: (715)836-5717
FAX: (715)836-2380

Appointed in 1978 under Public Law 94-167, the National Women's Conference Committee was charged to: create a national network of networks to implement the National Plan of Action for Women; monitor and support all issues in that plan; and participate in international aspects of the UN Decade For Women. With affiliated networks in 34 state capitals, the NWCC works with the Council of Presidents to implement the Women's Agenda. Constituency Caucuses and Issues Task Forces connect major national groups, diverse grassroots activists, and international networks leading to the 1995 Fourth World Conference for women.
National Women's Hall of Fame
Washington Office
406 Slyhill Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
PHONE: (703)370-3334
FAX: (703)370-6762

The National Women's Hall of Fame, a national membership organization, honors and celebrates the achievements of extraordinary American women. The Hall was founded in 1968 in Seneca Falls, New York, where in 1848 the first Women's Rights Convention was held. Annually, the Hall inducts distinguished women, and those honored (47 women as of 1991) are celebrated in the Hall of permanent exhibit and other programs. The Hall is supported by members, corporations and foundations committed to supporting American women an honoring their history. 3,000 Members.

The National Women's Hall of Fame as a great deal of information on the accomplishments of women in many of these areas as well as an extensive library. We are glad to assist sister organizations as a resource.
National Women's Health Network
1325 G. Street, N.W.
Lower Level B
Washington, D.C. 20005
PHONE: (202)347-1140
National Women's Law Center
1616 P Street, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20036
PHONE: (202)328-5160
FAX: (202)328-5137

The National Women's Law Center is a non-profit tax-exempt organization dedicated to the advancement of women through law. Health; Education; Civil Rights; Reproductive Rights; Employment Tax; Poverty; Women in the Military; Child Care; Women in Prison.
National Women's Political Caucus
1275 K Street, N.W. Suite 750
Washington D.C. 20005
PHONE: (202)898-1100
FAX: (202)898-0458

The National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) is a grassroots, bi- partisan organization dedicated to identifying, recruiting, training and supporting women as viable political candidates at the local, state and national level.

Membership organization. 20,000 Members. 250-300 Chapter and/orState affiliates. Women in Politics.
Network: A Catholic Justice Lobby
806 Rhode Island Avenue, N.E.
Washington D.C. 20018
PHONE: (202) 526-4070
9-to-5: National Association of Working Women
614 Superior N.W., Suite 852
Cleveland, OH 44113
PHONE: (216)566-9308
FAX: (216)566-0192

9 to 5 is a national advocacy and research organization which empowers women to seek equity on the job and change policies. 15,000 Members.
Older Women's League
666 Eleventh Street, N.W. Suite 700
Washington D.C. 20001
PHONE: (202)783-6686
FAX: (202)638-2356

The Older Women's League (OWL) is a national advocacy membership organization committed to securing social and economic equity for mid-life and older women with special emphasis on health care, retirement income, employment, housing, and staying in control of one's life. OWL provides reports, undertakes studies, and advocates for policy reform at a state and national level. 20,000 Members.
Organization of Chinese American Women
1300 N Street, N.W. Suite 100
Washington, D.C. 20005
PHONE: (202)328-3185
Organization of Pan Asian American Women
P.O. Box 39128
Washington D.C. 20016
PHONE: (202)659-9370
FAX: (202)682-9100

The Organization of Pan Asian American Women is a national public policy organization founded in 1976 to ensure full participation of Asian and Pacific American women in all aspects of American society, especially in those areas where Asian and Pacific women have been excluded or under-represented. Efforts focused on refugee and immigrant women, limited English proficiency students. and workforce issue -- at the national, state, and local levels. 100 Members including coalitions.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
810 Seventh Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10019
PHONE: (212)541-7800

2010 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W
Washington, D.C. 20036
PHONE: (202)785-3351
FAX: (202)293-4349

Planned Parenthood is the nation's oldest and largest provider of reproductive health services and advocacy. 170 Chapter and/or State affiliates.
Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights
100 Maryland Avenue, N.E. Suite 307
Washington, D.C. 20002
PHONE: (202)543-7032
FAX: (202)543-7028

The Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of thirty-five Protestant, Jewish, and other faith groups committed to the preservation of religious liberty with regard to reproductive freedom. Based on faith and moral conviction, and in the light of constitutional guarantees of privacy and religious freedom, RCAR seeks to encourage and coordinate support for safeguarding the legal option of abortion through its legislative, communications, state affiliate and women of color programs. Over 60,000 Members, Donors, and Supporters.
Religious Network for Equality of Women
475 Riverside Drive
New York, N.Y. 10115
PHONE: (212)870-2995
Society for the Advancement of Women's Health Research
c/o Bass and Howes
1201 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. #801
Washington D.C., 20009

or 10500 Rockville Pike #1226
Rockville, MD 20852
PHONE: (202)328-2200
FAX: (202)667-0462
US Department of Labor Women's Bureau
Washington, DC 20210
PHONE: (202)219-6667

Founded in 1920, The Women's Bureau is responsible for advising the labor secretary on the impact that any legislation or policy would have on women int he workforce.
Washington Women's Television Network
3104 18th Street, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20010
Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW)
1325 G Street, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20005
PHONE: (202)638-3143
FAX: (202)638-4885

WOW is a national women's employment organization which works to achieve economic independence and equality of opportunity for women and girls through jobs, education and training, changing workplace and public policies.
The Woman Activist
2310 Barbour Road
Falls Church, VA 22043
PHONE: (703)573-8716

The Woman Activist Fund publishes The Almanac of Virginia Politics dedicated to women to inform so that they will act. The Woman Activist publishes The Woman Activist an action bulletin for women's rights. The Woman Activist has been publishing since 1971 when it began a memo from "Crater's Raiders" working for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment on November 22, 1972.
Women and Housing Task Force
C/O McAuley Institute
8300 Colesville Road
Suite 310
Silver Spring, MD 20910
PHONE: (301)588-8110
Women for Meaningful Summits
624 9th Street, N.W. 6th Floor
Washington D.C. 20001
PHONE: (202)393-1009

Women For Meaningful Summits is a network of women's organizations and individuals committed to reversing the arms race on earth and in space, and to creating a more just and peaceful world. 50 Members of the National Board.
Women for Racial and Economic Equality
198 Broadway Suite 606
New York, N.Y. 10038
PHONE: (212)385-1103
Women in Franchising (WIF)
53 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 756
Chicago, IL 60604
PHONE: (312)431-0545
FAX: (312)431-1469
Women's Action Alliance, Inc.
370 Lexington Avenue Suite 603
New York, N.Y. 10017
PHONE: (212)532-8330
Women's Action for New Directions (WAND)
691 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA 02174
PHONE: (617)643-6740
FAX: (617)643-6744

With its sister organization, WAND Education Fund, WAND works to empower women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism and redirect military savings toward human and environment needs. We work closely with our grassroots members, produce and develop materials, and operate a Washington Office staffed by two women lobbyists.

WAND PAC raises money for and provides technical assistance to women Congressional candidates. The Women Legislator's Lobby, a project of WAND, is a national organization of women elected officials who lobby Congress to redirect federal budget priorities. 10,000 Members. 40 Chapter and/or State affiliates.

Materials available for purchase including the WAND "Bad Guys" list which identifies the worst members of Congress on women's, children's, peace, and environmental issues. WAND ACTION legislative alerts and WAND BULLETIN are also available as well as a Candidate Briefing Book on Arms Control and National Security Issues.
Women's Agenda for the '90's
3133 Constitution Avenue, N.W. Suite 427
Washington, D.C. 20008
PHONE: (202)332-5494
FAX: (202)232-4612

The Women's Agenda for the 1990's will publish a newsletter approximately every six weeks to include information on political candidacies, coalition efforts, ballot initiatives, non-profit activities, research and polling projects, legislation, meetings, and conferences. Pro-choice; women and men running for office; specific women's projects around the country.
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
1213 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
PHONE: (215)563-7110
FAX: (215)864-2022

WILPF is a 77 year old international women's peace and justice organization, multi-issue, with sections in over 30 countries, 120 branches of which are in the United States, and with consultative status with the United Nations. WILPFs activity is primarily grass- roots based, looking at the roots of violence in economic exploitation, racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression. 15,000 Members in the U.S. Section. 120 Chapters.

Materials available for free and for purchase including the 4th Edition of The Women's Budget by Jane Midgley
Women's Legal Defense Fund
1875 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Suite 710
Washington D.C. 20009
PHONE: (202)887-0364
FAX: (202)861-0691
726 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10003

Washington Office
624 9th Street, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20001
PHONE: (202)628-3636
FAX: (202)783-7123

The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) is a woman's membership movement of over 400 associations in 4,000 locations in all 50 states serving over 2 million girls, women, and their families. The YWCA mission is to empower girls and women through the elimination of racism and sexism.
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