Empowered, engaged, and activated

Democratic Women build on 51 years of commitment to the community

2019 DWGC Leadership

  • President: Lee Turner
  • 1st VP for programs: Gaybriel Gibson
  • 2nd VP for membership: Ruth Todd
  • Secretary: Lucille Herwald
  • Treasurer: Peggy Schotsch

About us

We are an active and diverse group of women and men. Our objectives are:

  • To support the principles of the Democratic Party;
  • To initiate and carry out programs and projects on behalf of the Democratic Party and the Democratic Party’s candidates; and
  • To promote Democratic women to become actively involved in our community, to serve in leadership positions in the county, state, and national Democratic Party, and to serve as candidates for elective office.


Our meetings are held the second week of each month usually – but not exclusively – on Monday. Beginning in June 2019, for the summer, they will be held in the evenings at 6 p.m. Visit the GCDP Events Calendar for current dates and times of DWGC events. Lunch is $17; $20 at the door, if available. You can reserve your spot online.

A message from the president

By Lee Turner
President, DWGC

Having already realized the Democratic Women of Greenville County is, by my measure, the largest regularly attended Democratic meeting in all of the 4thdistrict of SC, I was thrilled beyond measure to get the opportunity to lead this esteemed group.

During the campaign, I attended every meeting I could find in Greenville and Spartanburg counties. I could see that the DWGC is in a league of its own. I could visualize how potent we would be with real focus on the issues currently facing us. I knew the women selected to serve along with me, Ruth Todd, Lucille Herwald, Gaye Gibson, and Peggy Schotsch were real workers with real commitment. They were fuel to my passion too.

Circumstances are rapidly changing in today’s political climate.  There is much to accomplish before 2020, just at the state level. WE must ‘carpe diem’–seize the day–and harness the energy of the many newly activated citizens determined to make a difference in a political climate fraught with threats to democracy. Continue reading this post…

Join us and be part the change you want to see

We welcome all new members. We are a big tent and have a lot of room. Annual dues are $25; members receive our monthly newsletter, The Donkey’s Tale. You can sign up for membership and pay your dues online. Dues are paid annually in January.

Join us and be a part of engaging and activating Democratic women across the Upstate during this pivotal time.

Posts and event coverage

State’s six-week abortion ban hearing

The state Senate’s Medical Affairs subcommittee had hearings last week on the “fetal heartbeat bill.” Your voice can still be heard if you send in testimony by Oct. 1.

Do we have to think of everything?

There are a lot of better ways to spend the state’s $61 million lottery windfall. Lee Turner turner thinks schools and teachers. What do you think?

We say “Thank you” to Jil Littlejohn for her service

The GCDP will host a “thank you” reception for City Councilwoman Jil Littlejohn on Tuesday, October 1 from 6:15-8:15 pm at the David Hellams Community Center, 111 Spartanburg Street, Greenville, 29607. The youngest member on the council and one of two members of color, Jil has represented District 3 since January 2009. The decision not […]

Ready to run?

A checklist if you’re thinking about running for office.

Emerge SC graduates 14 future leaders

Four Greenville County women are among the 14 future elected officials graduated in the Emerge SC class of 2019.

The right words matter

Your Mom said it: There’s a right way and a wrong way to say things. Listen carefully as candidates make their words matter.