The National Council of Negro Women was founded and organized by Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune on December5,1935 at the Harlem Branch of the YWCA. Mrs. Bethune assembled a consortium of women leaders from various organizations to discuss The need for a united organization of women to open doors for our young women so that can speak on issues on the local, national and international levels. In 1979 a group of women met in Rochester, New York to address similar needs of women, young women and their families. Three women from that founding group -Lilly Haygood , Willa Johnson and Gloria Ward met in New York City with NCNW regional staff to obtain information on how to establish a local section. In March 1980 The Metropolitan Women's Network was chartered as a local section of the Nation Council of Negro Women. The sixty-six members of the Metropolitan Women's Network (MWN)have provided outstanding service in the Rochester Community for 26 years. As a member , you join other women from all social, economic and educational levels united in supporting the concepts of freedom ,justice ,and equality.

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