As a DWCF member, you will belong to a community of like-minded women and men working to keep Florida blue. You will have exciting opportunities to make a difference.
- Participate in legislative advocacy
- Attend lobbying opportunities in state capitol -“DWCF Tally Days”
- Attend annual Democratic Women’s Club of Florida conventions
- Participate in training about political issues and advocacy; local and state speakers, educational teleconferences and workshops
- Work with your local club members to support your community
- Enjoy a forum for political discussion
- Volunteer and contribute in many ways, using and honing your skills and aptitudes
- Receive Democratic Women’s Club of Florida email updates and newsletters
- Advocate for causes in which you believe, and help elect qualified Democratic candidates
The DWCF had it’s official beginning in 1956 although there had been individual Democratic women’s clubs in our state for many years. The organizational meeting for a state club took place at the Princess Martha Hotel in St. Petersburg on May 24, 1956, which was the day chosen by Eleanor Roosevelt as Democratic Women’s Day. We received our charter as a corporation in 1972. In 1980 we joined the National Federation of Democratic Women after attending the two previous conventions. From that small beginning in 1956, under the leadership of its first President, Mrs. James Haley of Bradenton, The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. now consists of nine regions, representing over 50 clubs.
The spirit of volunteerism is just as alive today as it was in 1956. Members and guests are trained in leadership and campaign skills through a variety of curricula offerings. Members help to recruit women to run for political office and manage campaigns. The Legislative Committee serves as the hub of activities during the Legislative Session as members monitor and lobby for or against legislation that has a dramatic impact on the lives of the citizens of Florida and particularly the women of Florida. Our goal is Equal Representation from the Court House to the White House and no less!
DWCF collects historical state and local club documents and photographs. Items collected are donated to the University of Central Florida library archives where they are studied by students of women’s history as well as the political history of Florida. DWCF archival materials are located in Special Collections Manuscripts, under Political Papers.
Visitors of the UCF John C. Hitt Library, 12701 Pegasus Drive, Orlando, FL 32186 may view the archives which are located on the 5th Floor, Special Collections area of the Hitt Library. The Hitt Library Special Collections area is open to the public from 9 AM-1 PM, Monday through Friday, when the University is open. The Special Collections phone is 407-823-2562. It is recommended you call prior to viewing the archives to facilitate the items being available for you to view.
Local DWCF Clubs are encouraged to donate their club’s historical documents, photos and scrapbooks to the DWCF Archives by contacting the DWCF Archivist, Cora Lumpkin via phone at 863-385-7447 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DWCF Newsletter features news and articles from DWCF Clubs around Florida and is available here for viewing. Just click on the link below to view our past newsletters. As a member, you will receive the Newsletter every quarter throughout the year.