Pictures from the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC)



Jane Cunningham Croly was a journalist who founded one of the first women's clubs, Sorosis, in 1868, after she was denied admittance to an all male press club. In 1890, Croly invited representatives from women's clubs throughout the United States to a convention
in New York City, which led to the founding of the GFWC.
Photo courtesy of the Women's History and Resource Center, General Federation of Women's Clubs.

 


Representatives from women's clubs from all over the United States met in New York City in 1890 to form the GFWC.
Photo courtesy of the Women's History and Resource Center, General Federation of Women's Clubs
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A local club for nurses affiliated with the GFWC was formed in New York City in 1894.
Here the club members are pictured in their clubhouse reception area.
Photo courtesy of the Women's History and Resource Center, General Federation of Women's Clubs.




The XXI Club in Denison, Texas was a member of the GFWC. Pictured here is their club room, which was part of a building owned by the XXI Club.
The building also housed a library with 800 books. Photo courtesy of the Women's History and Resource Center, General Federation of Women's Clubs.




This is a picture from the 13th biennial convention of the GFWC, which was held May 24-June 2, 1916 in New York City.
Photo courtesy of the Women's History and Resource Center, General Federation of Women's Clubs.

 


The GFWC affiliated Women's Club of Madison, Wisconsin conducted classes in food,
nutrition, and sewing for recent immigrants. Photo courtesy of the Women's History and Resource Center, General Federation of Women's Clubs.

 

.GFWC World War I
Under the direction of the YMCA, the GFWC created the Overseas Service Unit, a group of 100 women sent to Europe to assist wounded soldiers in the aftermath of World War I.
Photo courtesy of the Women's History and Resource Center, General Federation of Women's Clubs.

 


In 1922, GFWC Clubwomen purchased 1734 N Street, NW in Washington, DC to serve as the Federation’s International Headquarters.
Photo courtesy of the Women's History and Resource Center, General Federation of Women's Clubs.

 


The painting, "The Woman's Club," depicts a GFWC meeting as interpreted by the artist, David Robinson. Robinson painted this piece in honor of his mother, a GFWC clubwoman. The painting appeared in a 1927 issue of McCall's magazine alongside an article by Dorothy Canfield.
Photo courtesy of the Women's History and Resource Center, General Federation of Women's Clubs.



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