National Woman's Christian Temperance Union

1730 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL  60201


Welcome, and thanks for visiting the official site of the The  Woman's Christian Temperance Union.

The WCTU was organized by women who were concerned about the destructive power of alcohol and the problems it was causing their families and society.  They met in churches to pray and then marched to the saloons to ask the owners to close their establishments.

These activities are often referred to as the "Women's Crusades" and their success was both the forerunner and impetus for the founding of the WCTU.

WCTU members chose total abstinence from all alcohol as their life style and they adopted this definition of temperance:

... moderation in all things healthful;  total abstinence from all things harmful.            Xenophon (Greek philosopher), c. 400 BCE



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