A New Direction for the NWP: A Renewed Commitment to Full Constitutional Equality

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Yet, despite much progress, women still face harassment, violence, pay inequity, labor discrimination, and other injustices. 

This is a pivotal moment, one which we hope to be a turning point in the fight for women’s full equality. And if the energy of today’s movements is any indication, we are well on our way.  

In honor of the Centennial and our brave and diverse predecessors, the National Woman’s Party is renewing our commitment to achieve full constitutional equality for women.  

The National Woman’s Party has a bold new vision, rooted in our historic mission, premised on inclusion and education. We will harness our past to inform and advance the modern effort for women’s rights and seize this critical moment of civic engagement among women as seen in today’s Resistance, #MeToo, and #TimesUp movements.  

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We are committed to working with leaders in our movement to amplify our respective work and thereby finally realize the goal of women’s equality. We will leverage our relationships, activist roots, and rich history to support the efforts of partners and allies around the country. We will help other organizations in their efforts to move an equality agenda forward. We have seen time and again in the history of our movement that when we come together, we win.  

 To that end, this fall the National Woman’s Party will launch a nationwide initiative to inspire action.  

The National Woman’s Party will: 

  • Engage and inspire communities across the nation through local exhibitions of our historic collection of women’s history. 

  • Convene interactive discussions related to reaching women’s equality throughout the nation and excite people to act. 

  • Host educational, strategic planning, and leadership events that harness and amplify the energy of today’s women’s rights movement. 

These efforts will continue well beyond 2020 as we work together to achieve equal treatment for all women under the law regardless of race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any of the myriad of other distinctions among us. 

In many ways, the National Woman’s Party has come full circle, reclaiming our roots with a thoughtful eye towards the future. But we acknowledge that we didn’t always get it right in the past. Our history is marred by how we treated our sisters and brothers in this cause. We are conscious of those mistakes and are vigilant as we look to the future.  

You’ll be hearing a lot more from us in the coming weeks, months and years, as we reaffirm our voice in the movement towards equal rights for women. Just as our founders were over 100 years ago, we will be bold and use all of the resources at our disposal to advance our movement. We will build on our history, learn from mistakes of the past, and work with all allies in the fight for full equality. 

Since 1913, the National Woman’s Party has worked tirelessly across the country and the world to advance women's rights.  

We look forward to continuing to work with you in this fight, because equality simply cannot wait another 100 years. 

By: Zakiya Thomas, Executive Director