About Us

Our Mission

NEW YORK WOMEN'S AGENDA (NYWA) is a powerful coalition of diverse women’s organizations which was founded in 1992 by the late NYC icon Elinor Guggenheimer. NYWA’s purpose is to bring together women’s organizations under one umbrella, to speak in one voice, to raise awareness in political, economic and cultural circles, and to improve the lives of women and their families.

NYWA’s mission is simple and powerful: We are a coalition of women professionals and community activists who support the diversity and interests of New York women through collaboration, advocacy and education.

  • To advocate and collaborate for the interests of New York women in public policy decisions that affect our lives.
  • To increase women’s participation in public policy discussions on economic, political and social issues.
  • To support member organizations in their individual efforts.

NYWA’s members represent the diversity of the city and include community groups: religious, ethnic and political groups; professional associations; and issues-based groups. Through NYWA, these groups unite to work on issues of common interest and to advocate for public policy. Together, the voices of NYWA members work in concert to become one rousing chorus, impossible to ignore.

Learn more about our work

Learn more about our founder

Learn more about becoming a NYWA Member