DCFDW History

THE DC FEDERATION OF DEMOCRATIC WOMEN

The DC Federation of Democratic Women (DCFDW) was established in 1972 as a means of supporting, training and preparing women for elective office in the D. C. Democratic Party; and for supporting the election of candidates at all levels of the Democratic Party. The DCFDW is a member of the National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) with chapters in 34 states including Puerto Rico.

Overview of DCFDW History:

The National Federation of Democratic Women was formed in October, 1971, when 27 women gathered at breakfast during the Democratic Women’s Leadership Conference at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, D.C. Rilla Moran (D-TN) was elected temporary chair and the group set May, 1972 as the first annual meeting which was held in Nashville, Tennessee. Ms. Moran was elected the first President of the Federation at the May, 1972 meeting and served until 1977 when Jean Ohm of South Dakota was elected President. During the period 1972-1977, the Federation gained increase recognition from the Democratic National Committee as the official women’s organization and received a seat on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Executive Committee. Rilla Moran Woods, C. DeLores Tucker and Caroline Wilkins were instrumental in establishing this official recognition for NFDW through their work on the Charter Commission and the 1976 Convention Committee. Mrs. Lillian Huff of Washington, DC was instrumental in securing three seats on the DNC which the organization holds to today.

Purpose:

Throughout its history, the DCFDW has supported the Democratic Party and has strived to secure parity and fair representation of women at every strata of the Democratic Party organization. Key highlights of DCFDW’s history include NFDW’s 2005 Convention in Kansas City, Kansas when our nominee, the Honorable Linda W. Cropp, the first and only woman elected as Chair of the Council of the District of Columbia, was elected as the Outstanding Democratic Elected Official; and, in 2011, when the DCFDW hosted the NFDW National Convention in our great City, and the Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton was elected as NFDW‘s Outstanding Democratic Elected Official.

Objectives:

  • The DCFDW seeks to:
  • Assure equitable representation of women in the Democratic Party;
  • Identify and assist women in running for elective and appointed offices;
  • Help women access the election process, to register women to vote and provide training for women of all ages who are a part of political campaigns or who are running for political office themselves.
  • Provide workshops, seminars, “Get Out the Vote (GOTV)” campaigns, voter registration drives and other training to support the local and national Democratic party.
  • Support D.C. Statehood and Full Voting Rights in Congress and self-determination.

 

Officers:

Hazel B. Thomas is the current President of DCFDW which is comprised of two clubs, DC Democratic Women’s Club (DC Dems) and the Metropolitan Women’s Club (MWDC). Vivian Y. Wilds is President of the D.C. Dems and Winifred Carson-Smith is President of (MWDC). Estell Mathis-Lloyd is the DCFDW’s immediate past president. Other past presidents include: Selerya O. Moore, Lillian Huff, Regina Hubbard, Linda Jefferson, Roberta Hair, Loretta Watson, Janette Hoston Harris, Mary Parham-Wolf and Ella Creech-Peete.

Janice Haynes Davis is the current President of NFDW. Linda Jefferson serves as NFDW’s Eastern Regional Director. Annette Jones is a former NFDW President. Rev. Dr. Mary Ivy and Donna Ellis are former NFDW Eastern Regional Directors.

Several DCFDW members also serve on the DC Democratic State Committee (DCDSC). Anita Bonds is DCDSC’s current Chair. Other members include: Estell Mathis-Lloyd, National Committeewoman, Deborah Royster, Ward 4 Chairman; Donna Ellis, Ward 4 Committeewoman; Romaine Thomas, Ward 5 Committeewoman; Sheila White, Ward 6 Committeewoman; Marlena Edwards, DCFDW Representative; Linda Gray, DCFDW Representative, Janice Haynes Davis, National Federation of Democratic Women Representative; and, Winifred Carson. Ella Creech Peete and Jeanette Mobley serve as ex-officio members.

Anita Bonds, Estell Mathis-Lloyd and Janice Haynes Davis also serve as members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Join Us:

Membership is open to all women who support the Democratic Party principles. For more information, contact: Membership and Development Chair, Lillian Huff at (240) 630-5598. For information re: Voter Registration and GOTV, contact, Education and Outreach Chair, Hazel Bland Thomas at Thomashazelb@aol.com or Co-Chair, Gloria Jeff at G_jeff@msn.com. Email us at DCDemocraticWomen@gmail.com.
The D.C. Federation of Democratic Women promotes advocacy, training and candidacy to empower and successfully engage women at all levels of the Democratic Party.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS OF DCFDW’S HISTORY:

  • The Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia, was the NFDW 2013 Outstanding Democratic Elected Official.
  • D.C. Delegate, the Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton was designated as the 20011 NFDW Outstanding Democratic Elected Official.
  • The Honorable Linda W. Cropp, the first and only woman elected as Chair of the Council of the District of Columbia named as the 2005 NFDW’s Outstanding Democratic Elected Official; and Hazel Bland Thomas is the current President.
  • Mrs. Lillian Huff was the DFDW charter president. Other Past Presidents include: Estell Mathis Lloyd, Selerya O. Moore, Lillian Huff, Regina Hubbard, Linda Jefferson, Roberta Hair, Loretta Watson, Mary Parham-Wolf, Ella Creech-Peete, and Janice Haynes Davis.  Former Eastern Regional Directors include: Linda Jefferson, Donna Ellis, and Rev. Dr. Mary Ivey.  Council Member Anita Bonds, Estell Lloyd, and Janice Haynes Davis serve on the Democratic National Committee (DNC).