Who We Are
The Women Legislators' Lobby (WiLL) is a national nonpartisan network of women state legislators who work together to influence federal policy and budget priorities.
WiLL Pacesetters are women state legislators whom WiLL has recognized as leaders and visionaries.
WiLL State Directors do the work of keeping WiLL vital and relevant to state legislators on local, state, and federal levels.
WiLL Trailblazers are retired women state legislators who mentor current legislators, encourage women to run for office, and serve as a resource for women candidates.
Download the WiLL PDF brochure here.
What We Do
WiLL is a powerful voice with members in all 50 states, who represent millions of constituents. Over one third of the women state legislators in the country are members of WiLL.
WiLL seeks to:
- Persuade Congress to redirect excessive military spending toward unmet human and environmental needs
- Encourage women to run for higher office
- Curb the proliferation of weapons
Brief History of WiLL
Since 1991, WiLL (the Women Legislators’ Lobby) has grown to include one in every three women legislators in its membership from all 50 states. We equip members with timely materials on the impact of federal policy and the federal budget on state programs. And we provide simple, effective ways to influence federal decision-making to benefit constituents.
Since 1993, WiLL has hosted biennial policy conferences in Washington, DC which bring together state and federal legislators, executive branch members, policy experts, and community leaders.
Our training workshops, policy briefings, and professional development programs help legislators to become more effective at home and to strengthen working relationships with their Congressional colleagues. Throughout the year various training opportunities are offered in state capitals around the country, in Washington, and via teleconferencing.
Legislators in all states are struggling to deal with the shift in responsibilities and programs from the federal to the state level. To excel in meeting constituent needs and balancing state budgets, legislators cannot afford to be in the dark about the federal budgets, policies and programs. We provide hard facts and real answers about what happens in Washington.
Our action updates, sample op-eds, press releases, conferences and issue workshops keep legislators “in the loop” on major national policy debates. We provide invaluable networking opportunities for legislators to exchange ideas and legislation, including the chance to link up with women activists at the state and local level. Through WiLL, legislators in state after state have accessed and educated their Congressional members on crucial issues.
Former WiLL members have become governors and members of the U.S. Congress. In the 113th Congress, 50 women come from the ranks of WiLL/WAND, and we are confident that the future will bring even more women to Capitol Hill.
With each ensuing year, we at WiLL know that we are shaping the future not only of the voices and perspective of state policies and state legislatures, but of federal policy as well, as more women are elected to the US House and Senate.
In 2003, we founded Trailblazers, a network of former women legislators whose contacts and influence continue to have an impact on national priorities and foreign policy issues. Membership in the Trailblazers arm of WiLL currently exceeds 300 women.
“The union of WAND and WiLL members is a potent force in today’s rapidly changing world. We put women ‘at the table’ to chart new directions in federal policy.”
- Susan Shaer, former WAND Executive Director