Women's City Club of New York

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Women's City Club of New York
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Women's City Club of New York banner held up at a Planned Parenthood rally in NYC in 2011.
Abbreviation WCC
Formation 1915; 103 years ago (1915)
Type Non-Profit
Purpose Civic advocacy, Good government
Headquarters 110 W. 40th Street, Suite 1002, New York, NY 10018
Region served
New York metropolitan area (United States)
Chief Executive Officer
Carole J. Wacey
Website WCCNY.org

Women's City Club of New York (WCC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1915 by suffragettes in New York City. WCC is still active in the New York community, and conducts research, publishes reports, fosters dialogue with public officials, launches public education and advocacy campaigns, and promotes civic engagement.


Women's City Club of New York (WCC) promotes civic engagement, activism, and leadership to remove public policy barriers that limit opportunities for all New Yorkers, the organization helps create neighborhood reports by conducting surveys.[1] Approximately a third of published reports as of 1990 dealt with city affairs and especially "fiscal matters." [2] WCC has also helped educate people in New York about local civics issues and works to improve the quality of life in the city.[3] Overall, it has been generally progressive and liberal on both women's and racial issues in the city.[4] Other issues that WCC has tackled successfully are housing reforms and judicial recommendations,[2] the group also created school lunch programs and programs for disabled students in local schools.[5]


WCC was started in 1915 and in September of that year, the club had more than 1,500 members,[6] the founders were suffragettes and were interested in social issues,[7] especially those relating to women and children.[3] The City Club of New York was only open to men at the time.[8]

Founders had a great purpose in mind: "to consider various political problems...and to offer practical methods by which women may initiate, support, or oppose municipal movements." WCC held its first officer elections on January 31, 1916.[9] By 1917, there were 1,800 members,[10] and in 1919, 3,100 members.[11] Early on, WCC met on the 18th floor of the Vanderbilt Hotel, where members discussed topics of interest to the woman's club movement;[12] in 1918, the organization moved to an address on Park Avenue.[13] Mary Garrett Hay was nominated for president of WCC in 1918 and helped organize it to become more civically effective.[14] In 1924, Eleanor Roosevelt joined WCC and was elected to its Board of Directors.[15]

Members wasted no time in tackling complex problems. WCC was organized into special committees which included those on education, welfare, children, the justice system and health issues,[16] during World War I, WCC created a special war committee where they raised money for the war effort.[13] WCC raised $5,000 for war aid.[17]

WCC successfully lobbied Columbia University to admit women to its law school in 1917;[18] in the 1930s, members campaigned for a citywide Department of Sanitation.[2] In 1935, they were involved with charter revision of the county government.[19] WCC was also involved in discussing worker's issues, in the late 1930s, such as minimum wage and eight-hour days for domestic workers.[20] WCC educated the public in order to allow women to serve on juries in the mid-1940s.[21]

Starting in the 1970s, WCC has actively worked to have more inclusive membership of people of diverse backgrounds in the city.[22] Today, the organization remains dedicated to the vision and commitment of its first members more than a century ago.

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  1. ^ Kinetz, Erika (10 August 2003). "A New Restoration Period Arrives". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b c Perry 1990, p. 426.
  3. ^ a b Perry 1990, p. 417.
  4. ^ Perry 1990, p. 424.
  5. ^ a b Perry 1990, p. 428.
  6. ^ "Activities of Women". The Daily Notes. 21 September 1915. Retrieved 28 February 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  7. ^ "Women's City Club Celebrates 100 Years of Activism at 2016 Civic Spirit Awards Dinner". Broadway World. 23 April 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  8. ^ Perry 1990, p. 421.
  9. ^ "Women's City Club to Open". The New York Times. 23 January 1916. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  10. ^ "Women Elect Pacifists". The New York Times. 23 March 1917. Retrieved 28 February 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  11. ^ a b "Liquors for Women". Harford Courant. 20 August 1919. Retrieved 1 March 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  12. ^ "'In Little Old New York'". The Mt Sterling Advocate. 8 March 1916. Retrieved 28 February 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  13. ^ a b "War Savings Society a Woman's City Club Adjunct in War Work". The Evening World. 29 June 1918. Retrieved 6 April 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  14. ^ Simmons, Eleanor Booth (17 February 1918). "Women's City Club May Come Into its Own". New York Herald. Retrieved 6 April 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h Perry 1990, p. 429.
  16. ^ "$10,000 Fund Asked". The Atlanta Constitution. 29 June 1919. Retrieved 1 March 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  17. ^ "Gets $5,000 for War Aid". The New York Times. 10 January 1918. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "The Women's City Club of New York is push-". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 10 June 1917. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  19. ^ a b "Annual Political Meeting". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 29 October 1940. Retrieved 6 April 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  20. ^ May 2011, p. 14.
  21. ^ Perry 1990, p. 427.
  22. ^ Perry 1990, p. 423.
  23. ^ a b c Perry 1990, p. 431.
  24. ^ a b c d Perry 1990, p. 432.
  25. ^ a b c d e "Women's City Club of New York". The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project. The George Washington University. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  26. ^ a b c d "History". Women's City Club of New York. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  27. ^ a b Perry 1990, p. 430.


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