GFWC History Timeline : 1868-2009
1917 - The Council of National Defense appoints GFWC President Ione Cowles (1916-1920) to its newly-created Woman's Committee. Collaborating with the YMCA, GFWC creates the Overseas Service Unit of about 100 young women to assist with the war effort.

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GFWC Overseas Unit pin, 1919GFWC Overseas Unit pin, 1919