Presbyterian Women of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
Presbyterian Women (PW) is organized at all levels of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Women’s groups have existed in the Presbyterian Church for over 200 years and have more than 300,000 members. PW assumed a formal role in raising funds for missions in the late 1800’s and at the request of the General Assembly. Recently, PW celebrated the 20th anniversary of Presbyterian Women, after the reunification of our denomination earlier in the 1980’s and an effort to broaden the organization beyond mission support.
Presbyterian Women offers women in the church meaningful ways to live out their faith in the midst of a caring community of women. Any group of women who enjoys mission, Bible study or advocacy could become a PW group. The 198th General Assembly (1986) received the PW Purpose and Principles of Organization, recognized PW as the body within PCUSA that supports all women’s ministries, and affirmed the independence and responsibility of Presbyterian Women to make its own decisions concerning leadership, program, and budget. A Covenant between General Assembly Council and PW in 2001 formalized this independent relationship and gave the PW Moderator a voice and vote on Council. Recent initiatives from the 2006 triennial gathering include work and studies on immigration issues and racism as they affect women.
You can read more about PW at pcusa.org/pw