The Pennsylvania Chapter was chartered in 1981. The Installation of the Pennsylvania Chapter took place on November 17, 1982, at the University Museum, the University of Pennsylvania with the induction of forty-two (42) members.  Approximately 300 guests attended the installation. Eleanor Holmes Norton Chair the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was the guest speaker. President Jewel Jackson McCabe installed the officers, including Sylvia Webster as Charter President, and Board of Directors. Many of our charter members are recorded in the annals of Philadelphia History. The Pennsylvania Chapter hosted the National Coalition’s inaugural National Convention in Philadelphia, October 12-14, 1984.

Today, the Pennsylvania Chapter is the largest chapter, with a membership of 150 women from diverse professions and backgrounds.

The Pennsylvania Chapter is represented on the National Board of Directors and on three (3) National Committees.

The Pennsylvania Chapter may be best known for its Annual Madam CJ Walker Awards Luncheon and Economic Empowerment Seminar, “Philadelphia’s premier sold-out black women’s empowerment event.” However, over the years, we have awarded thousands and thousands of dollars in scholarships for new, returning and continuing college students, awarded outstanding black women entrepreneurs with the Madam CJ Walker Award, conducted economic empowerment sessions for thousands of women, conducted political forums, presented health education,  sponsored college tours, collaborated with colleges to provide STEAM education, and supported legislation to improve the quality of life for women and girls of color. 


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