About Us

The Democratic Women of McDonough County is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization focusing on increasing the participation of women and girls in all levels of politics and public policy-making at the local, state, and federal level.

A young organization organized under the guiding principle of “allyship first,” and led by founder and current President Heather McMeekan, we became official in late January of 2019 with 23 initial members voting to charter with our first executive leadership team in place as proud “Democratic Women of McDonough County” Illinois.

Now over 80 members strong, with multiple active committees, several hybrid task-forces, with the collective wisdom of over 25 advisors/allies/experts from around the state, and 8 separate social media teams, the org has grown to become the second largest county Democratic Women’s org in the entire State of Illinois. …and we’re just getting started!!!

Proud Liberal Feminist Democrats

We believe in embracing our strengths, rightful space, voice, passion, intelligence, and drive for progressively transform our communities.

We hope to help our county grow into one in which all people of good will and a desire for community belonging feel welcomed, valued, respected, protected, and treated with equal dignity and respect in all spaces by all of our community members.

Primary Goals

The primary goals of the McDonough County Democratic Women’s organization is to:

  • challenge our members to be strong, visible, verbal allies to all marginalized and under-represented groups of people
  • oppose all forms of ableism, bigotry, homophobia, sexism, transphobia, white supremacy, xenophobia, denialism, and fascism
  • strengthen participation of women and girls in all levels of civic engagement
  • promote awareness of the basics of public policy-making at local, state, and federal levels
  • promote inter-sectional, culturally-competent awareness of democratic party principles, goals, methods, structure, procedures, traditions, and history
  • promote progressive, inter-sectional, feminist democratic principles, policies, events, services, organizations and people
  • connect party members to each other, to the state and national party, and to allies
  • be of direct service to those in need
  • challenge abuses of power and authority
  • raise community expectations for performance and services of public officials and employees