AFDW was founded in 1938 as the first caucus of the state party. Some founding members include Jerry Emmett, Lorraine Frank, Rose Mofford, Sybil Udall, and Judy Goddard. Jerry Emmett was active up until her death at 104. When the National Federation of Democratic Women was formed in 1971, we joined them as a chapter in their efforts of supporting women’s voices within the Democratic National Committee (DNC). We remain active with the National Federation today and have attended many national conventions. ADFW did host a national convention many years ago and we hope to do so again.
And today, the mission of the Arizona Federation of Democratic Women is to find ways to bring together individual Democratic women and existing women’s organizations in Arizona to increase the synergy among them so that women can have a real voice in decisions affecting the future of Arizona.
The purpose of the AFDW is to promote interest with women in the Democratic Party and giving the Party loyal and active support. This will be accomplished by attaining knowledge of the Party’s history and its platform; and uniting women to work toward its causes and encourage their full participation at every level of the party structure.
We regard the equal representation of women in Arizona government, in state offices, in the state legislature, in county offices, on city councils and on school boards, as a fundamental question of fairness for women in terms of their access to Arizona’s democratic institutions.
In today’s political arena, women make up more than fifty percent of the voting population. Women have become one of the nation’s most vocal, strongest and reliable constituencies. Whether it is grass roots organizing, leading a cause or spearheading a movement, women are always in the forefront. The influence a large female constituency can have on elected representatives is often underestimated. All elected officials realize they depend on their female constituency to campaign and keep them in office. For this reason, they must always consider the opinions and perspectives of women. A well-organized group of women, working together for a common cause can make a huge difference in the outcome of an issue.
The Board Members for 2019-2021
Toni Denis, President
Naketa Ross, 1st Vice President
Anita Malik, 2nd Vice President
Cathy Hozian, Treasurer & Publicity Chair
Susannah Gestrine, Recording Secretary
Carol Comito, Past President