In 1971, the National Office of the Women’s Bureau (U.S. Department of Labor), formed Black Women’s Consultation Steering Committees in 13 cities across the United States. The steering committees were charged with identifying and recommending actions that would alleviate economic, political and social barriers affecting the achievements of Black Women. So strong was the group formed in Atlanta, it remained intact after the completion of the national projects and in 1973, was incorporated as the Black Women’s Coalition of Atlanta, Inc. (BWCA).