Empowered, engaged, and activated

Democratic Women build on 52 years of commitment to the community

2021-23 DWGC Leadership

  • President: Mary Wright
  • 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. Because of COVID, we are having monthly Zoom meetings. Once regular activities can resume, our meetings 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.

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

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 […]

Shirley Chisholm: Unbought and Unbossed

This post originally appeared in the DWGC monthly newsletter, The Donkey’s Tale, in March 2021. By Mary WrightPresident, DWGC Women’s History Month is observed in March and is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. This commemoration, which began in 1987, is a special time dedicated to the amazing accomplishments of strong, […]

31 Days of Women’s History

Readers, please note: This is work in progress and will be changing hopefully daily. Every March, we celebrate Women’s History Month with local, state, and national events. This year, we are expanding our vision with Women’s History activities that can be part of an ongoing educational effort. Our 31 Days of Women’s History can be […]

Dem Women kicks off new year with unity

The Democratic Women of Greenville County’s February virtual meeting brought together the diversity of the Democratic Party with a call for working together toward our common goal: Getting Democrats elected. Among the speakers were the five Greenville women admitted to the Emerge 2021 class, Eli Valentin, chair of the Greenville County Democratic Party; Camden Johnson, […]