Upcoming Events

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  • Grassroots Coordinating Committee Virginia Call to Action

    Startup Business People Working on LaptopGrassroots Coordinating Committee: Virginia Call to Action: Cash, Canvassing & Calls 

    Monday, September 25, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: 6:30pm

    TYPE: GCC Activities

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    To address the emerging needs in Virginia, the Woman’s National Democratic Club (WNDC) / Grassroots Coordinating Committee (GCC) is now planning to host a “Virginia Call to Action”. The idea is to have different activities happening simultaneously throughout the WNDC Whittemore House:

    • Ballroom – Advocacy fair with various tables for grassroots groups: information on VA candidates, fundraising/to accept election donations, and social media
    • Upstairs rooms -Training sessions and phone banking, including sign-up sheets for future canvassing, phone banking, and GOTV shifts
    • Pub – DNC responds to questions from grassroots groups in a facilitated setting, then summarizes current VA plans and volunteer needs
    • Hallway – networking

    No fees to presenters or participants to this important event! We are expecting anywhere from 75 to 200 attendees on September 25. As reflected in the RSVP, we are asking grassroots leaders:

    • What training your members need
    • What your trainers can provide
    • Whether your group would like a table at the advocacy fair, and
    • Any other thoughts

    Given the above plans, the GCC believes this can be your “Virginia Call to Action” and ask you to RSVP above for the September 25 event!! Please contact stephaniemckay01@gmail.com if you have any questions.


  • Tour of Pen Arts Building and Gen Fed of Women’s Clubs Headquarters


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    Historic Pen Arts Building and General Federation of Women’s Clubs Headquarters
    (followed by Lunch after)

    Tuesday, September 26, 2017

    TIME:  Arrive at WNDC by 10:00 am. Walk to Pen Arts (17th and N St. NW), then to General Federation (1734 N St. NW).  Optional lunch at 12:3o pm, Iron Gate Restaurant (separate purchase).

    EVENT TYPE: Tours & Lunch

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    (Image above, left) Pen Arts: Built in 1887 by Sara Adams Whittemore (who later built WNDC’s Whittemore House in 1894), it has been the headquarters of the National
    League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) since 1951. Although it shares similarities with the Whittemore House, Pen Arts is more Victorian. Its most famous occupant was the eldest son of Abraham Lincoln, Robert Todd Lincoln, who lived there with his wife, Mary, and their three adult children.

    (image above, right) GFWC Headquarters: Retired Rear Admiral William Radford built this grand home in 1875. The main rooms are exquisitely decorated in the fashion of the last owners, John and Grace Hoffman White, who bought the home in 1908. They sold it to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1922. A solarium off the living room overlooks the former carriage house, which GFWC leases to the Iron Gate Restaurant. The mansion was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991.

    PRICE: Tour only, $15 Members; $20 Non-members


  • US Role in a Changing World Series: Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

    wilkerson squareUS Role in a Changing World Series:

    Col. Lawrence (Larry) Wilkerson: The Future of Our National Security State

    Thursday, September 28, 2017 (Luncheon)

    TIME: 11:30 am – Bar opens; 12:15 pm – Lunch served; 1-2 pm – Presentation and Q&A

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon


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    Since the passage of the 1947 National Security Act, the United States has been embarked on a second state-building effort, following that begun by the Founding Fathers in 1787, but with a very different outcome. The first effort produced an imperfect but reasonably liberal democratic republic; the second effort produced an illiberally democratic national security state. Can that national security state endure much longer and, if not, what will replace it and how and by whom will it be built?

    Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Professor at William and Mary and The George Washington University since 2006, retired from the US Army in 1997 and then worked in the State Department until 2005. He served as Special Assistant to Gen. Colin Powell when Powell was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as Chief of Staff when Powell was Secretary of State.

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only


  • Social Role of the Arts Series: Molly Smith

    molly smithSocial Role of the Arts Series:

    The Power of Theater in a Crazy Changing World  – Molly Smith
    Artistic Director, Arena Stage

    Tuesday, October 3, 2017 (Luncheon)

    TIME: 11:30 am – Bar opens; 12:15 pm – Lunch served; 1-2 pm – Presentation and Q&A

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

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    The whole country is awake and politically active, making this the most exciting time to be producing plays, according to Molly Smith, with the arts having always been on the front line of the fight against fear. She will share with us how Arena Stage welcomes dialogue and fierce conversations, in the belief that we become a stronger nation when all voices are heard. Although we may go to the theater to be entertained and even to escape, the theater also makes sense of the world, especially in times of unrest and chaos, by illuminating the past, validating the present, and leading us screaming into the future.

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only


  • Wine & Cheese Happy Hour

    wine and cheeseWine & Cheese Happy Hour

    Thursday, October 5, 2017 

    TIME: 5:30 – 7:00 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Happy Hour

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    The Membership Committee invites all members to join us at the Whittemore House for a Wine and Cheese Happy Hour. We especially want to encourage new members to participate, as it a perfect occasion to network and socialize, and get to know your other club members while enjoying a special assortment of cheeses and wines.

    PRICE: $10 per person. Includes one glass of wine. This is a Members Only Event.


  • Deborah Tannen

    tannen squareDeborah Tannen: The Language of Women’s Friendships and the Double Bind Faced by Women in Authority.

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: Bar opens at 6:30 pm. Program begins at 7:00pm, followed by book signing

    TYPE: Author Reception


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    Deborah Tannen, author of The New York Times bestseller You Just Don’t Understand, will talk about her new book You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships.  Based on stories and conversations gleaned while interviewing eighty women ranging in age from 9 to 97 – stories that are as amusing as they are revealing – Tannen illustrates patterns of communication and mis-communication that affect friendships at different stages of women’s lives. In her talk, she also will explore how insights into women’s friendships shed light on the double bind that affects women in positions of authority, and the role it played in the 2016 election. For example, girls’ expectations that friends be “the same,” seen in comments like, “I feel the same way,” and “I know what you mean, the same thing happened to me,” can lead to resentment of girls who stand out—and the paradox that popular girls are often disliked. Tannen will show how such examples of girls’ and women’s friendships hold keys to the double bind that confronts women in authority, and to many of the reactions to Hillary Clinton.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

    PRICE: $20 Members; $25 Non-members. Includes Hors d’Oeuvres. Cash Bar.



  • Educational Foundation: Anti-Human Trafficking Fundraiser

    00-holding-i-am-jane-doe-subject-js-seattle-on-setAnti-Human Trafficking Fundraiser

    An Evening of Art & Film

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: October 12th , 5:30 pm to 9:pm, film screening at 6:30 pm

    EVENT TYPE: Educational Foundation Fundraiser

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    Art by Brikena Boci and Jane Doe #1. Upstairs Gallery

    “Anonime” (Anonymous), an exhibition of embroidered portraits by Albanian-American artist Brikena Boci, will be on view in the Upstairs Gallery from October 5 – November 30.  This startling fibre art consists of moving embroidered portraits of Kosovar-Albanian women who were raped, killed, or trafficked during the war. The artist uses repurposed fibers to create colorful, richly textured portraits that express the physical, emotional, and psychological injuries caused by human trafficking. She hopes her work reaches the larger global community and will prevent such traumatic events from happening again.

    Jane Doe #1, who wishes to remain anonymous and is featured in the documentary I AM JANE DOE, created her untitled painting while hospitalized for overwhelming depression and PTSD. Finding art therapeutic and calming, she draws inspiration from trees as symbols of life, growth, and strength.

    The acclaimed documentary I AM JANE DOE tells the story of American mothers waging a battle on behalf of their teenage daughters who were victims of online sex trafficking on Backpage.com. The roadblocks encountered by these women with judges, corporations, and internet freedom laws tell a searing story ripped from today’s headlines and congressional deliberations. Narrated by Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain and directed by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio, I am Jane Doe presents a gut-wrenching look at an issue affecting every community in the United States and around the world.

    This event is being held in partnership with ArtWorks for Freedom | ACTION DC!, a city-wide arts festival, to raise awareness of human trafficking throughout the Washington, D.C. region. See artworksforfreedom.org for more details.

    TICKETS: $50 Members and Non-members; $30 for Young Dems (under 30). Ticket price includes hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine.

    Tickets and further contributions are tax-deductible. (Checks to be addressed to: The Whittemore House Educational Foundation)


  • US Role in a Changing World Series: Dr. Suzanne Maloney

    maloneys_full_protraitUS Role in a Changing World Series:

    US-Iran Relations in the Trump Era – Dr. Suzanne Maloney
    Deputy Director of the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 (Luncheon)

    TIME: 11:30 am – Bar opens; 12:15 pm – Lunch served; 1-2 pm – Presentation and Q&A

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

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    Nearly four decades have passed since the Iranian revolution and the breach in the diplomatic relationship between Washington and Tehran. The establishment of Iran’s Islamic Republic dramatically transformed its internal politics, economy, and society, and its impact echoed well beyond Iran’s borders to reconfigure the geostrategic balance in the Middle East. The Iran nuclear deal, concluded in 2015, seemed to deescalate that crisis and herald an unprecedented breakthrough in the long bilateral estrangement. And yet, two years later, tensions between the United States and Iran remain high. What is driving the escalating frictions between Washington and Tehran? Will the Trump administration scuttle the nuclear agreement, and what might that mean for regional and international security? Finally, what are the prospects for overcoming the antagonism between the two countries?

    Dr. Maloney’s books include Iran’s Long Reach (US Institute of Peace, 2008) and Iran’s Political Economy since the Revolution (Cambridge U Press, 2015).

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

  • Marjorie J Spruill

    Marjorie J Spruill for book jacket credit Faulk Vincent Photography LLC (2) (002)Marjorie J. Spruill: Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values that Polarized American Politics

    Thursday, October 26, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: Bar opens at 6:30pm. Program begins at 7:00pm, followed by book signing

    TYPE: Author Reception



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    The 1970s will be seen as a pivotal time in our history as feminists and their conservative challengers divided the nation – as Democrats continued to support the modern women’s movement and Republicans recast themselves as the party of “family values.” Historian Marjorie J. Spruill uses the polarization of that period as a lens to trace women’s issues in politics up through the 2016 election.  In her new book Divided We Stand, Spruill provides a detailed account of the National Women’s Conference, which was held in November of 1977 in Houston, Texas, and attended by 2,000 elected delegates and 20,000 observers from across the United States  — the first and only bi-partisan federally-funded women’s conference in U.S. history. Her talk will provide critical insights into the conference itself as well as what can be seen as a 40-year rift between liberals and conservatives in America.  Spruill will be the keynote speaker at a reunion commemorating the 40th anniversary of the National Women’s Conference, which will take place at the University of Houston on November 5-7, 2017.


    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

    PRICE: $20 Members; $25 Non-members. Includes hors d’oeuvres. Cash Bar.


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