What is 131 & Counting?
Since November 2018, 131 & Counting has aimed to build an informal network of women focused on the growth of women in Congress (beyond the 131 women sworn into the 116th Congress), the growth of women congressional staff, and in the public policy field.
131 Counting is a bipartisan effort dedicated to educational and networking events that bring together women public policy professionals, women congressional staff, and women lawmakers. To accelerate the pace of progress, we shift from raising our glasses celebrating the growth of women in Congress to pushing up our sleeves and directing attention to the work needed to achieve gender parity across both parties.
Please note 131 & Counting is an educational forum and does not engage in issue advocacy or political activity.
How do I get involved?
131 & Counting will hold a series of events throughout the year to bring together women public policy professionals, women congressional staff, and women lawmakers. Our inaugural event was a reception honoring the most female Congress in our nation’s history. Future events will include panels and roundtables focused on a myriad of policy issues. We will also hold a few informal, social events throughout the year.
We encourage you to attend! Please continue to check our calendar for event updates and to register for future events.
Can I become a member?
131 & Counting is not a membership organization. It is a joint initiative of Women in Government Relations (WGR), Women’s Bar Association (WBA) of the District of Columbia, Young Government Leaders (YGL), Bloomberg Government, and Holland & Knight LLP (H&K). Several of the founding organizations of 131 & Counting are membership organizations—links to their membership pages are hyperlinked above. We encourage you to check their websites to learn more and join.
How do I become a sponsor?
Sponsorship opportunities are limited. Sponsorship inquiries may be sent to Miranda Franco at for review and consideration by all 131 & Counting organizations.