For 125 years, women have been the members and leaders of NCJW. We are the standard bearers of NCJW’s mission and the spark that fuels the work in advocacy and community service. During our 125th year. we celebrate the thousands of women who, over four generations, have devoted their time, passion, and financial support to the critical work of NCJW.
Our programming for young women and girls has evolved over the years as cultural and societal factors redefine the needs of the times. The following three programs exemplify NCJW’s process and commitment the success of women:
- THE INDUSTRIAL LEAGUE was established in 1927 and provided economically disadvantaged women with a place to sell handcrafted items. It was the original “pop-up store”!
- SINGLE WOMEN IN MIDLIFE formed in 1978 as a peer-to-peer support program for widowed and divorced women.
- THE CENTER FOR WOMEN launched in 2013 to provide women in transition with resources to establish economic independence.
The Center for Women now provides mentorships, internships, financial coaching, and many skills-building workshops. This signature program has already served 1400 women in our beautiful Anathan House facility.
In addition to woman-centered programming, NCJW has worked to enhance the lives of women and their families through advocacy. NCJW has fought for legislation and policies that promote safety, ensure adequate and equal access to health services, preserve reproductive choice, protect the right to vote, and establish equality in the workplace.
NCJW Pittsburgh has a rich history of women standing for and empowering other women. Join us today to be a part of that ongoing legacy.
Special thanks to board member and past president Hilary Spatz for preparing these articles on NCJW Pittsburgh’s history as part of our ongoing celebration of our 125th anniversary.