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The largest woman’s organization happens to be the National Council of Negro Women.

In 1935, Mary McLeod Bethune, from her vantage point as Advisor of Minority Affairs to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said that she could not rest to see the unharnessed womanpower among our women. When the 28 national women leaders responded to her call she pointed out that what was needed was not another organization, but one that would bring organizations together. Mary Church Terrell proposed forming a “council.” Thus, Mrs. Bethune founded the National Council of Negro Women as such – “a national organization of national organizations.”

http://www.ncnw.org/about/history.htm

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