GFWC History Timeline : 1868-2009
1889 - The Sorosis Club of New York City convenes 61 women's clubs from around the country to organize a federation. Sorosis President Ella Dietz Clymer closed her address at the March conference with the words, "We look for unity, but unity in diversity." The original GFWC pin was designed and commissioned by the Committee on the Federation Badge Pin featuring this quote in 1892.

1890 - On April 24, at the Scottish Rite Hall in New York City, 63 delegates from 17 states ratify the constitution of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. Clubwoman Julia Ward Howe (Mass.) is one of the constitution's authors.

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GFWC GFWC "rising sun" pin