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 Monday of each month. They may be lunches or dinners, so check the GCDP Events Calendar for current dates and times of DWGC events. Lunch is $17; $20 at the door, if available. Reservations and payment can be made 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

Womens’ March 2020

A relentless, cold rain fell all day, but that didn’t stop several hundred Greenvillians from participating in the 3rd Annual Womens’ March. Watch our video for some inspiration and listen to the remarks of closing speaker former presidential candidate and past governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick on Soundcloud. <

5 Greenville women make Emerge Class of 2020

Emerge SC has named its largest and most diverse class of future leaders for 2020. We are thrilled to have five Greenville women in this group. They are: Sarah Dant, Bajeyah Eaddy, Timicia Grant, Amanda McDougald Scott, and Mary Wright. We also want to add a shout out to the two Spartanburg members of the […]

Here’s a plan: Invest $50 tax payout in schools

Can community activism help close the education gap in South Carolina. Lee Turner says it’s a start.

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 […]