NCNW History


     Historically, positive change has come about when coordinated, focused efforts are put into action both on local and national levels simultaneously. This is why the vision of Mary McLeod Bethune is even more relevant today than it was in 1935 when she called together 28 national women leaders to form "an organization of organizations," a council.

     In 1935, Mary McLeod Bethune, from her vantage point as Advisor of Minority Affairs to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said that she could not rest to see the unharnessed womanpower among our women. When the 28 national women leaders responded to her call she pointed out that what was needed was not another organization, but one that would bring organizations together. Mary Church Terrell proposed forming a "council." Thus, Mrs. Bethune founded the National Council of Negro Women as such - "a national organization of national organizations."
     Hers was a visionary call for working together with a "Unity of Purpose and a Unity of Action." NCNW is a council of autonomous national organizations coming together to improve the quality of life for women.
In 1966, NCNW was granted 501(c)(3) non profit status which changed the way the council would operate and provided the permanent underpinning for the council and section structure.

Spelman Section History

     NCNW Spelman was brought to the Spelman College campus in 2009 and officially chartered in 2012. 
    Our NCNW family has experienced a significant amount of growth in the last 4 years, as we have expanded membership from 40 to 260+ and have begun implementing programs weekly focused on self-care, social justice and community building. We are proud to announce that we have approximately 30 young men of Morehouse as our NCNW brothers and have been successfully implementing programs geared towards their growth as well. We have also had the pleasure of assisting in the creation of two other collegiate sections in the state of Georgia, Fort Valley State University and West Georgia. 
     Our executive board is composed of 24 powerful women from the classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018 and with Dr. Jane Smith as our advisor, we intend to continue exceeding expectations and breaking barriers.