Whether you are new to WCTU, or a seasoned volunteer who simply wants to better understand the purpose and history of this ministry—you are in the right place to learn more. The information below will guide you through the mission, vision, ministry, and history of WCTU.
The WCTU was organized by women who were concerned about the destructive power of alcohol and the problems it was causing their families and society.
They met in churches to pray and then marched to the saloons to ask the owners to close their establishments.
Today the WCTU is the oldest voluntary, non-sectarian woman’s organization in continuous existence in the world. The WCTU is a founding member (1888) of the National Council for Women (Frances Willard was its first president) and the International Council of Women in 1893. It is also a charter member (1945) of the United Nations Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO). For more than 135 years the WCTU has trained women to think on their feet, speak in public, and run an organization.
The WCTU’s long history of activism and advocacy for women continues. We invite you to visit our History section for more information about the “Women’s Crusades,” early WCTU history and brief Biographies of WCTU’s fourteen presidents. The site also offers a Timeline with a very brief listing of important dates and events in WCTU history.