our history

The Metropolitan Women’s Democratic Club of Washington, DC, was organized in March 1960. Always in the forefront of political action, the women of MWDC understand that only through continued participation can goals be realized. Highlights of the club’s activities in the political arena include:


  • Participation in presidential campaigns and inaugural activities since 1960
  • Participation in local and national political elections
  • Conducting voter education workshops
  • Organizing petition drives for legislation germane to the District of Columbia
  • Sponsoring voter registration drives
  • Launching and operating MWDC BIG VOTE (as part of the 1980 U.S. Census efforts)
  • Attending and hosting National Federation of Democratic Women Conventions
  • Assisting with Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Workshops and Activities
  • Honoring African American female mayors and elected officials around the country
  • Participating in District, National and Federation Political Action Forums
  • Sponsoring Statehood press conferences, forums and workshops
  • Participating in women’s rights activities
  • Fundraising for the homeless
  • Participating in civil rights and anti-apartheid movement activities
  • Participating in Statehood civil resistance
  • Creating and promoting Women in Blue Advocacy Day
  • Working with the DNC and other political organizations on statehood and national presidential campaign canvassing

Founder, Ethel Payne and President Johnson

Trail Blazer, Eloise Turner