Past Events

Below are past events held in three areas: Lunch with Legislators, Public Programs and Tours.

Lunch with Legislators 

WCC’s Lunch with Legislators series creates an opportunity for members to sit at the table with their legislators over light refreshments to discuss important policy issues, and how they can work together to have the greatest impact.

10/26/17 Lunch with Legislators featuring New York State Assemblymembers Maritza Davila and Carmen N. De La Rosa

05/18/17 Lunch with Legislators featuring New York State Senator Diane Savino and New York State Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell

04/24/17 Lunch with Legislators featuring Congressman Jerrold “Jerry” Nadler 

Public Programs

The Second Annual Perkins Roosevelt Symposium – The Frances Perkins/Roosevelt Legacy: In Progress or Peril?
Eleanor Roosevelt and Frances Perkins were leading voices for social and economic equality in the early to mid-20th century. Both women were influential in New York City and New York State politics and took much of what they learned to the national stage. They were leaders of Women’s City Club of New York, a century-old nonprofit and civic organization dedicated to shaping public policy to improve the lives of all New Yorkers. The Perkins Roosevelt Symposium examined current public policy discussions around Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, as well as the broader work of the U.S. Department of Labor on behalf of the American worker.
Click here to view the program, here for photos, here for the Keynote video and here for the Panel Discussion from the event.

The New York State Constitutional Convention Forum
The November 2017 ballot for New York State included a critically important question: Shall there be a convention to revise the New York State Constitution? A Constitutional Convention allows for elected delegates to propose amendments or rewrite the state constitution. Seeing the extreme division at the federal level, a WCC sponsored educational program was framed to help the public better understand the implications of a Constitutional Convention at the state and city level.
Click here to view the program.

101st Annual Meeting
WCC hosted its 101st Annual Meeting on June 8th featuring Keynote Speaker Mrs. Matilda Raffa Cuomo, Former First Lady of New York State; Founder and Chair of The New York State Mentoring Program.
Click here to view the program and here for photos from the Meeting.

Public Funding for School Choice in NY: Pathways or Threats to Educational Equity and Excellence?
This program explored the pro- and anti-voucher and the public vs. charter school rhetoric to illuminate the landscape of school choice in New York and the critical policy issues concerning government funding regulation and oversight of local schools. Click here to view the announcement and click here to view the program.
Click here to view the program and here for the video from the event.

Meet the Author Series featuring Julie Scelfo
Ms. Scelfo read excerpts from and discussed her book The Women Who Made New York.
Click here to view the program.

A Conversation with District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.
WCC held a conversation with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. on criminal justice reform, gender-based violence and the role of the District Attorney in creating social change in New York City.
Click here to view the program and here for the video from the event.

Health Care for ALL: Establishing Single–Payer Health Insurance in New York State
New York State opted into the Affordable Care Act of 2010, expanding access to healthcare for over 400,000 people. However, as discussed at WCC’s Centennial Conference, disparities remain in our healthcare system, rooted in social, economic and political inequalities. A recent study shows that approximately 8% of women in New York State are currently uninsured compared to 6% of the overall population in New York State. One proposed solution to address the issue of uninsured groups is the New York Health Act (A5062/S3525), which will remove the financial barriers to health care and guarantee coverage to all New Yorkers.
Click here to view the program and here for the video from the event.


Tour Chihuly at the Bronx Botanical Gardens
WCC toured the works of glass sculpture by the renowned artist Dale Chihuly with the beauty of a world famous botanical garden. Click here for the tour announcement.

Tour of the 21st Century Subway
The tour started with the two new stations on the Second Avenue line and moved downtown to the Fulton Station to view The Sea Grill tiles and the Oculus, known as the Fulton Sky Reflector. This walking tour also featured a stop at the Santiago Calatrava’s new World Trade Center Transit Hub.