Nancyhelen Fischer 1931-2008
Nancyhelen Fischer was the chair of the NWPC-WA for 20 years. She was a founder of the Caucus and architect of the women's equality movement in Washington State.
Sen. Patty Murray, a close friend, said: "Nancyhelen Fischer didn't just open doors for women in politics, she broke down barriers and blazed a path. She was one of my earliest supporters when I ran for school board many years ago, and has been a friend and mentor ever since. Nancyhelen inspired women from all walks of life to run for office and thanks to her energy and passion, young women coming behind her have fewer hurdles to leap on their way to the top."
Cathy Allen, political consultant, described Fischer as "indefatigable." Allen recalled moving to Seattle with the intent of going to work for the Pike Place Market. "Nancyhelen told me I could not get out of the political business and the womens empowerment movement," Allen recalled. "I remember her words, 'You have no right to just participate once'." The result, added Allen, is a level of womens' power equaled nowhere else in the United States.