The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)3 organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1971, the National Partnership works on public policies, education and outreach that focus on women and families. The National Partnership for Women & Families was known as the Womens Legal Defense Fund (WLDF) until 1998. Judith L. Lichtman was hired as the National Partnerships first paid staff member in 1974. Lichtman became president in 1988 and served in the role for 16 years. Lichtman is currently the organizations senior advisor.