To address the diverse concerns of women in pursuit of social, economic and political equality while serving as a united voice and forum to promote progressive ideas and influence policy decisions that impact human rights.
The following preamble was presented on March 31, 1888 and adopted at a meeting by the first official officers of the National Council of Women of the United States: France E. Willard, President; Susan B. Anthony, Vice President; Mary F. Eastman, Recording Secretary; M. Louise Thomas, Treasurer; May Wright Sewall, Corresponding Secretary. “We, women of the United States of America, believing that the best good of humanity will be advanced by efforts toward greater unity of sympathy and purpose, and that a voluntary association of individuals so united will best serve the highest good of the family, the community, the state, do hereby freely band ourselves together into a federation of all races, creeds, and traditions, to further the application of the Golden Rule to society, custom, and law.” Today, the National Council of Women of the United States, working with its member organizations and individual members, continues to adhere to the above statement in our efforts to drive social and political change on a number of fronts:
- Serve as a host to hundreds of women from all over the world, introducing them to the United Nations as an organized body of 192 nations with many Commissions, Conventions, and Treaties that impact women and children here and across the globe.
- Monitor the United Nations and report on current issues and activities.
- Evaluate public issues to formulate a policy that establishes a framework for Council action.
- Develop, implement and present public interest seminars and workshops.
- Publicize the diverse concerns of women and men to promote new membership and support.