Although its members currently number nearly 20 percent of the House (including Delegates) – its highest point – the influence of the Caucus has far exceeded its representation in Congress. The Caucus’ long list of legislative accomplishments includes:
- The Pregnancy Discrimination Act
- The Child Support Enforcement Act
- The Retirement Equity Act
- The Civil Rights Restoration Act
- The Women’s Business Ownership Act
- The Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Prevention Act
- The Mammography Quality Standards Act
- The Family and Medical Leave Act
- The Violence Against Women Act
- The Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering, and Technology Development Act
However, the influence of the Caucus extends far beyond its impressive list of legislative achievements affecting domestic policy. Caucus members have championed women’s issues around the globe from Afghanistan and Iraq to Cambodia to Cairo to Beijing, working to bring international attention to the plight of women and representing the Congress at U.N. world conferences on women and on population and development.
The Caucus has also served as an inspiration and a model worldwide for women parliamentarians – whose image of American democracy is shaped in part by the example of women from different political parties working together to improve the lives of women and families.