Empowered, engaged, and activated

Democratic Women build on 54 years of commitment to the community

2022-23 DWGC Leadership

  • President: Ashley Newton
  • 1st VP: Adriene Atkinson
  • 2nd VP: Timicia Grant
  • 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 Monday of each month at noon. Meetings are most often, but not always, lunch and are held at the Kroc Center, 424 Westfield St., Greenville. There are occasionally Zoom components to the meetings. For the most up-to-date information check the GCDP Events Calendar for current dates and times of DWGC events. Lunch is $20. Reservations and payment can be made online.

Join us and be part of 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

2022 Democratic Primary Candidates

The Democratic primary will be June 14, 2022. As of this writing, there are still a few days left to register or to update your current registration: In person registration ends tomorrow (May 13), online registration ends May 15, and those mailing in paper registration forms must have them postmarked by May 16. If you […]

A Call to Action on Voting Rights

By Mary Wright President, DWGC The right to vote is an American right. Kamala Harris recently stated, “When we cast a ballot, we not only decide our leaders. We determine our future.” After a historic turnout at the 2020 elections, we now face a real threat to our democracy – we are witnessing unprecedented attacks […]

Greenville turns out to honor Lillian Brock Flemming

By Kate Franch On a recent balmy Saturday evening, close to 300 hometown fans of the Honorable Dr. Lillian Brock Flemming filled the decked-out concourse of Fluor Field at the West End to thank her for 40 pivotal years of service on Greenville City Council. The crowd included current and past council members, civic, business, […]

Dem Women: Diverse, dedicated, and dynamic

By Mary WrightPresident, Democratic Women of Greenville County As I began this year as your president, I gathered a vibrant team of women to serve as chairs on our board. The DWGC is currently run by a group of deeply passionate and wildly talented women. This team has enabled us to advocate, volunteer, network, give […]

Convention Recap: Energy + engagement = electoral success

By Elias ‘Eli’ ValentinChair, GCDP The South Carolina Democratic Party held the 2021 Convention between May 19 and May 22. During the biannual meeting of the Party, we added planks to our platform, amended Rules to our State Bylaws, and elected the Leadership of our State Party. This crucial gathering of Democrats from all across […]

Being a Black Woman Today

We had a dynamic conversation with five Black women representing a variety of personal and professional experiences. Their paths were often different but the undercurrents of their experiences were decidedly similar. It was a powerful and energetic event filled with positivism and shared purpose. Panelists: Dr. Shaniece Criss, Stacey Mars, Shirley Scott, Ebony Sullivan, and […]

SC Resists Free Money for Medicaid Expansion

By Roxanne Cordonier At first glance, expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) sounds like a no-brainer fiscally. Now the Biden administration is sweetening the pot by offering expanded federal coverage to South Carolina and 11 other states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming) that […]

The American Rescue Plan: What’s in it for me?

By Elise Filpot In March, South Carolina and the rest of the United States marked one year since the wide-scale start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  During that year, more than 560,000 people in the U.S. and more than 8,700 South Carolina citizens have died of COVID-19.  As a consequence of trying to contain the numbers […]

The time has come to act on guns

This post first appeared in the DWGC’s monthly newsletter, The Donkey’s Tale, in April 2021. By Mary WrightPresident, DWGC The recent gun violence in Atlanta and Denver has reignited much needed discussions about how to prevent these all too common tragedies in America. Today, many of our major cities see these types of mass shooting […]

GCDP March 2021 Breakfast

“Our movement is only as strong as the people who show up to take action.” That was Ann Warner, CEO of WREN, tossing down the gauntlet during a powerful and informative presentation on WREN’s (Women’s Rights Empowerment Network) legislative priorities and progress. Ann was the featured speaker at our March breakfast, along with the National […]

Women in Leadership

Four current and former Greenville City Councilwomen come together to discuss what women’s leadership looks like in one of the country’s most up-and-coming cities. Diane Smock, Jil Littlejohn, Lillian Brock Flemming and Dorothy Dowe talked about collaboration vs. competition, the importance of mentoring in their careers and to build a bench for the future, and […]

A Greenville Democratic summit will set our 2021 course

By Elias “Eli” Valentin II As a former coach, I am a lover of quotes. One of my favorites is from Henry Ford, and he says, “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, working together is success.” As we look at where we are as a Party here in Greenville, these words must […]