WCPI Statement on Recent Events in Our Country
Since its establishment in 1995, WCPI has stood as an organization committed to recognizing and including the voices of those who are underrepresented in public policy dialogues. Our commitment to lifting up those voices is embodied in our values to this day as we work to address racial, social, and economic disparities and injustice.
Like so many across the country, WCPI is mourning the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. Our mission of bringing women policymakers together across party lines is rooted in the belief that far more unites us than divides us. At this time we reflect on the voices, past and present, that empower us to move towards equality and inclusion and stand in solidarity with those efforts.
Recent tragic events serve as a stark reminder that so much work remains. This clearly is a time to join together to create the society we all want to see. This is a time to take action. A time to build bipartisan coalitions that ensure social justice for those without a voice.
As the world grapples with the impact of COVID-19, the Women’s Congressional Policy Institute hopes you are all staying safe and healthy. At WCPI, we are taking steps to help prevent the virus’ spread, while continuing the important work of bringing women policymakers together. Staff has transitioned to working from home, and all future events will adhere to the guidance of local and national health authorities.
WCPI’s mission continues as we band together to support our global community in these challenging times. We cannot do it without you. Thank you for your continued support. We will continue to support future women leaders in public service, bring women policymakers together across party lines, and empower women and their families.
The Women’s Congressional Policy Institute (WCPI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy organization whose mission is to bring together a community of bipartisan women policymakers and trusted partners to advance issues of importance to women, develop the next generation of women leaders, and foster a more effective and representative democracy.
Established in 1995 after the House of Representatives voted to eliminate the staff and funding for all caucus organizations, including the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues (Women’s Caucus), WCPI fills a critical role in the policy and advocacy community. As a 501(c)(3) organization, WCPI does not lobby or take positions on legislation or policy.
Over the years, WCPI, formerly known as Women’s Policy, Inc., has worked to strengthen and expand the capacity of the Women’s Caucus through its briefings and meetings for women Members of Congress and their staff, both to bring them closer together across party lines and to encourage bipartisan policy priorities to advance issues of interest to women and their families.
WCPI has worked more recently to build and expand the pipeline of young women leaders, through its congressional fellowship program, internship program, and special events, such as Take Our Daughters to Congress Day. “Joint Session,” WCPI’s bicameral, bipartisan program for women chiefs of staff, committee staff directors, and senior leadership staff, administered in partnership with Democracy Fund, provides opportunities for networking and professional development among senior women leaders on Capitol Hill. These efforts together can contribute to improving the functioning of Congress as an institution.
To learn more about WCPI, click here to see our recently released 2019 Annual Report.