Our History


The National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization primarily composed of current and former black women legislators as well as many appointed officials. Originally established in 1985 as a national organization to increase and promote the presence of black women in government, NOBEL/Women in recent years has expanded its vision to serve as a global voice to address a myriad of issues affecting the lives of all women.


Throughout its history, NOBEL Women have inspired women to take an active role in the making of public policy and have served as a catalyst to provide economic and social justice for all classes and races of people. NOBEL Women has worked actively to achieve its goals to increase the representation of black women in public service and the private sector by providing educational forums to address major public policy issues particularly in the areas of health, telecommunications, education, economic development and financial policies.



Today, NOBEL Women stands about 278 members strong. With the dynamic leadership of a renowned board, this premiere organization of black elected legislative women is preserving the legacy of leadership and shaping the future of our country with exceptional knowledge, character, courage and resolute few organizations have emulated.


As a viable voice for black women, NOBEL Women acts to communicate the needs of black women to the media, legislature and government to affect change. NOBEL Women supports opportunities that promote career, education and employment advancements for black women. Although NOBEL Women is primarily concerned with issues facing the black community, NOBEL Women examines the human and economic needs of all people.


The organization works to ensure the enforcement of responsible programs and policies that meet the legal, social, political, economic, education, and health needs of children, women and families. This is accomplished by keeping governmental agencies accountable for implementing equitable laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination against women and promote equity and participation in the public and private sector.