About OWL


OWL was founded in 1980 (as the Older Women’s League) following a White House mini-conference on aging in Des Moines, Iowa.


As the only national grassroots organization that focuses exclusively on issues unique to women as they age, OWL strives to improve the status and quality of life of midlife and older women. OWL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that accomplishes its work through research, education, and advocacy activities conducted through a chapter network. Now in its 25th year, OWL provides a strong and effective voice for the more than 60 million women age 40 and over in America.

Education and Advocacy

OWL has created a powerful and effective grassroots network of over 50 chapters nationwide composed of women and men of all ages dedicated to winning economic, health and social equity for midlife and older women. OWL leaders and members conduct national public education and advocacy campaigns, and work through forums, campaigns and coalitions to put those issues in the public spotlight and on the legislative agenda.

OWL’s Mother’s Day Reports, which spotlight issues of critical importance to midlife and older women, have focused on such issues as the health care coverage needs of midlife and older women, Social Security, pension reform, retirement security for women, caregiving, long term care, housing and domestic violence.


Membership dues and donations, and grants from foundations and corporations are OWL’s primary funding sources. Support our effort to protect Social Security by making a tax-deductible contribution today!


Older Women's League National Office
1750 New York Ave. NW
Suite 350
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: 202-783-6686 or toll-free 800-825-3695
Fax: 202-628-0458
[email protected]