‘Since 1974, Neighborhood Women has been working to build a social change movement of grassroots women living in poor and working class urban and rural communities.

At the heart of all NW efforts is our belief that a critical and usually overlooked way to improve life in neighborhoods is to enhance and expand participation by women in local development, connect them with allies from outside the neighborhood, and build an effective force for their visions and values in local, state, national, and international policy formation.’

Jan Peterson, founder of NCNW, was canonized while in Malaysia for a women leaders conference on February 7, 2018. She was given a chief’s necklace and hat.

Roslyn Carter Wearing Neighborhood Women Button

First Lady Roslyn Carter wearing a Neighborhood Women Button in 1980.




New York Radical Feminists 1975

From the archives is this 1975 collage of New York Radical Feminists including Neighborhood Women founders Jan Peterson (2nd from left in 2nd row) and BJ Michelsen (bottom right corner).





Women From Local to International


NCNW achieved consultative status at the United Nations in 1985 and helped initiate GROOTS. In 1995 NW became the global secretariat for the Huairou Commission, a global coalition that empowers grassroots women’s organizations to enhance their community development practice and to exercise collective political power. Huairou Commission

National Congress of Neighborhood Women


The National Congress of Neighborhood Women has been dedicated for more than 30 years to empower poor and working class women to become community leaders, to give them a voice, and to raise their consciousness of their own power so they would be better able to define and solve problems facing their communities.

Neighborhood Women Williamsburg–Greenpoint


In 1989 NCNW decentralized its offices and Neighborhood Women of Williamsburg-Greenpoint became an independent non-profit affiliate. Though their work is visible in the built environment of Williamsburg – Greenpoint, their biggest impact has been in the perception the women had of themselves and the many lives they continue to transform.