During the year of 1980, in Memphis Tennessee, Frances Louise Dancy Hooks (wife of Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks) and Earleen Bolden organized the trailblazing Women in the NAACP (WIN), an unprecedented project which aimed to enhance the leadership roles of women both within the Association and in everyday life.
WIN served the community by supporting & raising funds for emergency relief efforts, in addition creating fashion shows share the power of African American culture and hosted various social events.
Women in the NAACP is an arm of the branch that exudes civil rights fortitude and social responsibility.
General Mission & Structure
Women in the NAACP (WIN) is a Standing Committee of the Fairfax NAACP Branch. The purposes of WIN are:
- to enhance the leadership role of women;
- to serve as an advocacy vehicle for social, economic, political, educational, and health & welfare issues affecting women, girls, and children;
- to support the policies and ongoing mission and vision of the NAACP.
WIN programs and activities shall be in accordance with the programs and policies of the NAACP.
Women have served an integral role in the history of the NAACP, and they continue to play a vital role today.
WIN Initiatives/ Program Focus:
- Health Issues for Women
- Forums for “hot button” issues, i.e.: Finances, abuse prevention, networking, advocacy skills.
- Equal Rights for Women
- Attendance at State/National Conference
- Maintaining and Knowing Our History
- Collaboration with local and National chapters
- Community Partnerships
- Community Outreach
- Enhancing Leadership Skills
“Outstretched Hands and Open Hearts to Women and Children.”
WIN membership is open to any person who is a member of the NAACP upon payment of the minimum membership fee of $10.
Significant Quotes from Women in NAACP
“Throughout our history, Black women have made an important contribution to the race. As wives and mothers and teachers, we have accepted great responsibilities. — Frances Dancy Hooks
“These are difficult days, but there is always hope”— Mary White Ovington
There must always be a remedy for wrong and injustice if we only know how to find it. — Ida B. Wells
“And so, lifting as we climb, onward and upward we go, struggling and striving, and hoping that the buds and blossoms of our desires will burst into glorious fruition ere long.” — Mary Church Terrell
Volunteer Committee Opportunities:
- Fund Development Chair
- Community Outreach Chair
- Social Engagement & Outreach Chair
- Communications and Marketing Chair
- General Volunteer for the WIN Committee
Co Chairs: Mattie Palmore and Sabrina Pinnix
The Journey for Women in the NAACP will never end. Join us by remembering the past, capitalizing on the present and embracing the future while cherishing HERstory!