The WOMEN’S FORUM OF NORTH CAROLINA, INC. provides women of proven influence and high personal achievement opportunities for strengthening personal development through exchange of information, expertise, ideas and experience, as well as a strong support network. The Women’s Forum is a vehicle through which women are effective agents for constructive change by speaking out and taking action on public issues, through the development of potential women leaders, and as a force for the enhancement and enrichment of the lives of all women.

The WOMEN’S FORUM OF NORTH CAROLINA, INC. is comprised of members who are committed to improving the status of women by attaining equal opportunities for women in education, the work force, social and civic responsibilities, religious life, corporate structure, government, the law and the arts.

Our History

In the press release dated October 13, 1976, a group of fifteen women leaders committed to the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) from North Carolina announced plans to organize the Women’s Forum of North Carolina. While that early release was not considered particularly newsworthy by North Carolina newspapers, now, many years later, the Women’s Forum letterhead commands considerable attention and respect among members of the media, legislators, corporate executives, and community leaders all across the state of North Carolina.

More of our history

  • 2017-2018 Board

    Jayne Fleener assumes role of Women’s Forum President.

  • 2015-2016 Board

    Valerie Fields leads the Forum for a second year.

  • 2014-2015 Board

    Valerie Fields assumes the presidency and leads a strong team for 2014-2015.

  • 2013-2014 Board

    With Lisa Grafstein as president, a strong team leads the Women’s Forum for 2013-2014.

  • Forum leadership for 2012-2013

    Carol Spruill of Raleigh assumes leadership of the Forum, backed by a strong team. Learn more about the 2012-2013 board of directors. Members may review Carol’s remarks at the spring meeting where she was elected president.

  • Forum leadership for 2011-2012

    Patricia Orrange of Raleigh assumes leadership of the Forum, backed by a strong team.

  • Forum leadership for 2010-2011

    Results of the May 15 election of board members.

  • Interview with Bertha Holt

    Forum member Bertha “B” Holt was interviewed on WUNC’s The State of Things on November 2, talking about her decades as a lawyer, member of the NC legislature, and more. The recording is available at the WUNC site.

  • The Forum co-founded the NC Center for Women in Public Service

    The Forum was instrumental in calling attention to the lack of women in public positions, and its 1996 report on gender equity on boards and commissions led directly to the 1998 legislation that says appointments should proportionately represent each gender. In 2003 it collaborated with Peace College to establish the NC Center for Women in […]

  • The Forum Honored Young Adult Leaders

    The Women’s Forum Young Adult Leadership Award honored a remarkable series of North Carolinians.

  • Presidents of the Women’s Forum

    The Forum is fortunate to have been led by a series of remarkable women. We honor and thank them all.


2017-2018 Board

President: Jayne Fleener


Vice President: Barbara Vandenbergh


Secretary: Linda Suggs


Treasurer: Lynda Turbeville


Past President: Valerie Fields


Virginia Adamson


Becky Carver


Janice Cole


Margaret Dickson


Jayne Fleener


Karen Garr


Annette Hawkins


Barbara Ann Hughes


Jo Ann Norris


Pat Orrange


Pat Sobrero


Sherri Strickland-Mulling