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The Women Candidate Development Coalition is a coalition of eight major Minnesota women’s/feminist organizations committed to legal and economic rights for women and girls.  It was established in 1986.  It is a 501 (c)(3) organization.

WCDC’s mission is to provide the education and assistance needed to motivate and empower progressive women to become actively involved in all aspects of Minnesota’s political and governmental arenas, ranging on a continuum from being a knowledgeable voter — to voting — to supporting qualified women candidates — to encouraging female friends and relatives to run for office — to becoming candidates themselves.

Annual Event
The Women Candidate Development Coalition holds an Annual Event at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis.  This year it will be on Wednesday, May 16th, from 5:00 to 7:30 PM. Delicious hors d’oeurvres, desserts, and beverages are provided.  This is the Coalition’s only fundraising event of the year.  Your donation is tax deductible and provides critically needed support for WCDC’s vital work on behalf of prospective pro-choice women candidates.  The Coalition’s Political Courage Award and the Political Excellence Award are presented.  For more information on this event or how to donate to the Coalition, contact Shirley Nelson at 612/724-6348 or To contribute online, click here.

WCDC’s program of activities was developed by women for women and is designed to open up Minnesota’s political system more fully to women.  The Coalition is the first and only organization of its type in the country.  It works on the “front end” of the political/governmental arena to identify prospective women candidates and provide early training so that women get their campaigns off to a professional start if they do decide to run for office.