Our History

The National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit umbrella organization of more than 200 groups, which collectively represent over 12 million women across the country. It is the only national coalition of its kind.

NCWO grew out of an informal group of women's organizational leaders after defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1983. NCWO has grown steadily and become stronger each year. Capitalizing on the energy and inspiration following the 1995 Beijing Conference, NCWO has taken an active, powerful role in the policy arena, uniting women's groups across the country to work together to advance a progressive women's agenda.