Mennonite Women USA was formed in 2003 out of a long history of women connecting through friendship, fellowship, mission projects and service.

The first groups began in 1916 with the name “Women’s Missionary and Service Commission of Mennonite Church” as well as “Women in Mission of the General Conference.” The two groups merged into bi-national Mennonite Women in 1997, which became Mennonite Women USA in 2003.

Historical material on women’s organizations is available in the:

Archives of Mennonite Church USA.

Women in Mission – Newton, Kansas archives

Women’s Missionary and Service Commission – Goshen, Indiana archives

Mennonite Women and Mennonite Women USA – Newton, Kansas archives

Read more articles, statements and positions by us and others that are in keeping with our ministry:

Losing My Religion For EqualityJimmy Carter’s summer 2009 statement on importance of gender equality.

“Women’s Spirituality” lecture by Marlene Kropf with introductory remarks by Marcus Smucker given at Lancaster Conference Spiritual Guidance Seminar, February 9, 2002 (revised for the MW USA web site, November 2008). Marlene served as the Denominational Minister of Worship for Executive Leadership of Mennonite Church USA.

Resolution Against Violence: “And No One Shall Make Them Afraid” (from 1997 Assembly, General Conference and Mennonite Church).

Human trafficking: See the Resolution Against Human trafficking and the Bibliography of fiction and nonfiction books concerning human trafficking.