The Dallas Woman’s Forum is a non-profit philanthropic organization made up of professional women of all ages, races and religions who share a common goal: to work together to improve our local community, socially, physically, culturally and educationally.
Over 100 years after the founding of the Dallas Woman’s Forum, the same commitment inspires today’s members. Three current initiatives reflect their dedication to their founding principles – their work with the Birdie Alexander Elementary School, their support of the Landauer Childcare Group and their ongoing dedication to the health and education of women through their lecture series, Spotlight on Women’s Health.
Since 1930, the Dallas Woman’s Forum has been housed in the C.H. Alexander Mansion on Ross Avenue. Birdie Alexander, who lived there with her brother and his family, was the first Director of Music Education for Dallas Public Schools.
Building on that heritage, the Forum contacted the principal of Birdie Alexander Elementary School in Oak Cliff to see if enhancement could be provided for their music program. When it was learned that they had NO instruments and that their talented children practiced the xylophone on cardboard templates, they got to work!
Through the enthusiastic support of its members. the Forum has provided violins, violas and cellos for the orchestra program and a superb array of rhythm instruments for their primary children. The Forum also underwrote their first ever musical program, “Ease on Down,” and adaptation of “The Wiz.”
The Forum’s Music Department is committed to a long-term relationship with music education at Birdie Alexander Elementary School.
The Landauer Childcare Group, located, literally, at the back door of the Dallas Woman’s Forum, serve 90 three-to-five-year-olds from nearby families of limited income.
The Forum has partnered with them to enrich their curricula by funding an annual Field Trip for the children and their parents to the Dallas World Aquarium. In addition, expanded play opportunities are provided through a Holiday Party and a Springtime Egg Hunt. During the Forum’s Holiday Home Tour, two giant trees are decorated for children. Among the toys on the tree are specific opportunities to bring joy to the children. The Dallas Woman’s Forum supports enriched curricula through off-campus experience, school supplies and books. From toys, clothes and books to new pajamas, the Forum continues to respond to specific requests from the Landauer Childcare Group.
An amazing lecture series, Spotlight on Women’s Health, was inaugurated in the fall of 2011. Outstanding physicians and leading experts in best practices have presented the most current information on breast cancer, heart health and the aging process. The years ahead will offer equally noteworthy lectures on diabetes and obesity and other subjects. This series, open to the community, again illustrates the dedication to women’s health that continues to be integral to the mission of the Dallas Woman’s Forum.
Thank you for Your Support
Our second century of service to the women, young people and children of our community offers demands and challenges that the founders of the Dallas Woman’s Forum could not have envisioned! We solicit your support. Your generous donations will help to ensure even more expansive programs to enrich the quality of life in Dallas.
The Forum’s Alexander Mansion facilities may be rented for use for wedding ceremonies, bridal showers, bar and bat mitzvahs, office parties, and other Dallas events.
For over a century, the Dallas Woman’s Forum has been involved in community and national needs including promoting the quality of life in the City of Dallas, education, preserving natural resources, stressing good citizenship, encouraging healthy lifestyles, contributing to world peace and international understanding, and supporting participation in the arts. The Forum has engaged in a diverse range of projects, including The Holiday Home Tour.
The Dallas Woman’s Forum regularly invites speakers of local, state, national and international note to speak at our Alexander Mansion facility. These Forum events are open to the public on a reservation basis and are presented to further the education and community involvement of our members and friends.
For a schedule of Forum speakers and topics, please browse our upcoming events section.