Founded in 1890, GFWC’s roots can be traced back to 1868 when Jane Cunningham Croly, a professional journalist, attempted to attend a dinner at an all-male press club honoring British novelist Charles Dickens. Croly was denied admittance based upon her gender, and in response, formed a woman’s club—Sorosis. In celebration of Sorosis’ 21st anniversary in 1889, Jane Croly invited women’s clubs throughout the United States to pursue the cause of federation by attending a convention in New York City. On April 24, 1890, 63 clubs officially formed the General Federation of Women’s Club by ratifying the GFWC constitution.
Below, organized by decade, are selected accomplishments and highlights that tell the GFWC story.
Sheila E. Shea was installed as GFWC International President at the conclusion of the 125th GFWC Annual Convention in Baltimore, Maryland on June 29, 2016.
Success For Survivors Scholarship
Each year, GFWC awards scholarships to help intimate partner abuse survivors obtain a post-secondary education that offers a chance to reshape their future by securing employment and gaining personal independence.
Upper Allen Woman's Club
The object of the Upper Allen Woman’s Club, located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is to develop the educational, civic, and social interests of its members, to advance the welfare of the community, and to promote the progress and work of GFWC.