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The National Council of Women of the United States, Inc. is a diverse coalition of individual members and women’s organizations who work collectively to address the concerns of women in pursuit of social, economic and political equality. The National Council of Women of the United States, Inc. was founded on March 31, 1888 during a conference in Washington, DC by Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, May Wright Sewall, Julia Ward Howe and Elizabeth Cady Staton, these women of vision and strong humanitarian conviction used their collective strength to start a sisterhood of women regardless of race, creed or religion. Since its founding, NCW/US has played a pivotal role in serving as a clearinghouse of information between its members and public policy.
PURPOSE AND PROGRAMS:
In addition to its domestic programming, NCW/US is a founding member of the International Council of Women and this affiliation connects National Councils of Women across the globe. ThE assembly is strengthened when matters of concern to women crosses international borders.
The Council annually serves as host to hundreds of women from all over the world, introducing them to the United Nations as an organized body of 193 member states with many Commissions, Conventions, and Treaties that impact the lives of women and children everywhere. The Council’s work with the United Nations, specifically, addresses the issues affecting gender equality and the empowerment of women. Today, The National Council of Women of the United States is the oldest non-sectarian organization of women in America and continues the work of the original founders to realize the full participation by women in every aspect of society.
The National Council of Women of the United States is an accredited non-governmental organization with the United Nations' Department of Public Information and has enjoyed Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations since 1999.
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