WHRC Timeline 2014

By GFWC
  • Jane Cunningham Croly

    Jane Cunningham Croly
    Professional journalist Jane Cunningham Croly is denied entrance to an all-male press club event and responds by organizing a woman's club. Jennie June, as she is known, names the club Sorosis, a Greek word meaning "an aggregation; a sweet flavor of many fruits."
  • The Sorosis Club

    The Sorosis Club
    The sorosis Club of New Your City convenes 61 women's clubs from around the country to arganize a federation. Sorosis President Ella Dietz Clymer articulates the goal, "We lokk for unity, but unity in diversity," which appears on the first GFWC pin in 1892.
  • Ratify GFWC Constitution

    Ratify GFWC Constitution
    On April 24, at the Scottish Rite Hall in New Yourk 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.
  • First GFWC Council hosted by wife of Thomas Edison

    First GFWC Council hosted by wife of Thomas Edison
    The first GFWC council meets in West Orange, NJ. After a lunceon hosted by his wife Mina, Thomas A. Edison invited delegates to his lab for a demonstration of the kinetoscope, an early motion picture projection.
  • Jane Addams heads GFWC's Child Labor Committee

    Jane Addams heads GFWC's Child Labor Committee
    Chicago Clubwom and social reformer Jane Addams heads GFWC's Child Labor Committee to advocate for legislation restricting child labor.
  • Pure Food and Drug Act

    Pure Food and Drug Act
    Clubwoman Alice Lakey (NJ) initiates a letter-writing campaign to advocate for pure food legislation. Taking up Lakey's passion, GFWC promotes a nationwide outreach that leads to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906.
  • GFWC Traveling Art Gallery

    GFWC Traveling Art Gallery
    GFWC's Art Committee assembles its first traveling art gallery of original works by American artists. Loaned to GFWC clubs nationwide for only the cost of postage, the exhibits expand the appreciation and collection of American art.
  • Eva Perry Moore in The Panama Canal Zone

    Eva Perry Moore in The Panama Canal Zone
    U.S. Secretary of War William Howard Taft sends GFWC president EVa Perry Moore (1908-1912) to the Panama Canal Zone to organize women's clubs to improve the quality of life for workers and their families.
  • Julia Lathrop appointed chief of Children's Bureau

    Julia Lathrop appointed chief of Children's Bureau
    President Taft appoints Chicago clubwoman Julia Lathrop as chief of the new Children's Bureau. GFWC works with the bureau to promote public healthcare for mothers and infants, resulting in the Sheppard-Towner Act of 1921.
  • Mary Belle King Sherman Helps Create National Park Service

    Mary Belle King Sherman Helps Create National Park Service
    Mary Belle King Sherman (Colo.), GFWC Conservation Department Chairman (1914-1916), helps create the National Park Service and names six national parks later, as the sole woman on the National War Gardens Commission, she establishes National Garden Week.
  • Ione V.H. Cowles appointed to the Council of National Defense's Woman's Committee

    Ione V.H. Cowles appointed to the Council of National Defense's Woman's Committee
    The Council of National Defense apooints GFWC President Ione V.H. Cowles (1916-1920) to is newly created Woman's Committee and GFWC establishes war service and editorial offices in Washington, D.C. Collaborating with the YMCA, GFWC creates the OverseasService Unity of about 100 young women to assist with the war effort
  • GFWC Creates Indian Welfare Committee

    GFWC Creates Indian Welfare Committee
    GFWC creates the Indian Welfare Committee, reflecting a long history of advocacy for Native American Rights, including education and health care on reservations and the preservation of Native American culture
  • Federation Purchases 1734 N Street NW in Washington D.C.

    Federation Purchases 1734 N Street NW in Washington D.C.
    The Federation purchases 1734 N Street NW in Washington D.C., for its headquarters. A junior Membership Committee is established at the 1922 Biennial in Chuatuaqua, NY.
  • Home Equipment Primer

    Home Equipment Primer
    GFWC members lead a nationwide survey on household technology in American homes and produce a five part Home Equipment Primer to educate to educate families on using available utilities to maximize labor-saving. As a result of this campaign, "homemaker" is included as an identified occupation for the first time in the 1930 United States census.
  • GFWC Board Meets With Herbert Hoover

    GFWC Board Meets With Herbert Hoover
    The GFWC Board meets with Herbert C. Hoover to express support for the peace initiatives of the London Naval Conference. GFWC establishes the Penny Art Fund to support American artists and art programs during the Great Depression.
  • First National Meeting of Epsilon Sigma Omicron

    First National Meeting of Epsilon Sigma Omicron
    The first national meeting of the honorary educational society Epsilon Sigma Omicron is held at the GFWC convention in Seattle. Founded in 1928 by the Indiana Federation of CLubs, ESO promotes self-improvement through a planned reading program.
  • American Library Association honors GFWC

    American Library Association honors GFWC
    The American Library Association credits GFWC with establishing 75% of U.S. public libraries.
  • GFWC Partners with The American Society for the Control of Cancer

    GFWC Partners with The American Society for the Control of Cancer
    GFWC'a Committee on Public Health creates the Women's Field Army in partnership with The American Society for the Control of Cancer (now the American Cancer Society). The Successful initiative raised public awareness and funding to promote cancer prevention and early detection. GFWC begins a 10 year study to review the question of the Equal Rights Amendment, which results in a resolution supporting the ERA.
  • GFWC Converts Headquarters into War Service Offices

    GFWC Converts Headquarters into War Service Offices
    GFWC converts the formal dining and drawing rooms ar Headquarters into war service offices. During the war, GFWC members, including first lady Eleanor Rossevelt, donate wedding gowns to British service women and GFWC's "Buy a Bomber" campaign generates funds to purchase 431 planes.
  • GFWC goes to UN conference on International Organization

    GFWC goes to UN conference on International Organization
    U.S. Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinius invites GFWC to participate as a consultant to the U.S. delegation at the United Nations Conference on International Organization; one of only five women's organizations so honored. GFWC representatives witness the signing of the U.N. charter in San Francisco on June 26.
  • GFWC partners with CARE

    GFWC partners with CARE
    GFWC begins a partnership with the Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere (CARE), jointly distributing relief shipments to Korea in support on local families.
  • GFWC Members Fundraise for Restoration of Independence Hall in Philidelphia

    GFWC Members Fundraise for Restoration of Independence Hall in Philidelphia
    GFWC members undertake a fundraising and education campaign to promote American history, culminating in 1954, with the donation of more than $200,000 to the National Park Service for restoration of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
  • GFWC Establishes the Community Achievement Program

    GFWC Establishes the Community Achievement Program
    GFWC establishes the Community Achievement Program, later called the Community Improvement Contest and Community Improvement Program Award, which encourages and rewards clubs for completing improvement projects that meet the unique needs of their communities.
  • GFWC Partners with Automatic Safety Foundation

    GFWC Partners with Automatic Safety Foundation
    GFWC partners with the Automatic Safety Foundation in the "Women's Crusade for Seat Belts" campaign, which results in the installation of one million seat belts during the year.
  • GFWC Juniors Campaign for Project Hope

    GFWC Juniors Campaign for Project Hope
    GFWC Juniors are the first national group to support the work of Project Hope. Members raise funds and provide supplies for the peacetime hospital ship S.S. Hope, which provides assistance and training to developing countries.
  • GFWC Awarded Stamp for 75th Anniversary

    GFWC Awarded Stamp for 75th Anniversary
    The United States Post Office awards GFWC a stamp in honor of the Federation's 75th anniversary.
  • Juniorettes Established

    Juniorettes Established
    GFWC members adopt the motto of "Built withYouth for a Better World." Juniorettes, a special membership category for young women between 14 and 18 years old, debuts in March of 1968
  • GFWC Receives Grant from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration

    GFWC Receives Grant from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration
    GFWC receives a major grant from the Law Enforcement Assitance Administration of the U.S. Department of Justice to activate "Hand Up," a national program to promote awareness of the citizen's role in preventing and combating crime.
  • GFWC Establishes a Trust for the Arts

    GFWC Establishes a Trust for the Arts
    GFWC establishes a Trust Fund for the Arts in partnership with Affiliate Arts, Inc. The program supports nationwide young artists-in-residence programs.
  • GFWC participates in International Women's Year

    GFWC participates in International Women's Year
    GFWC members participate in International Women's Year programs, meetings on women's issues, and the National Conference for Women held in Houston, Texas.
  • GFWC Develops "Home Energy Check"

    GFWC Develops "Home Energy Check"
    In partnership with Owens-Corning, GFWC develops a nationwide "Home Energy Check" program to encourage energy conservation.
  • Women's History and Resource Center Opens

    Women's History and Resource Center Opens
    On May 1, the Women's Histroy and Resource Center opens serving as a compelling venue for research, interactive workshops, lectures, and events highlighting the historical role of volunteers in the United States and the place of GFWC members in Women's history.
  • Jeri Winger goes to Kenya for U.N Decade for Women Conference

    Jeri Winger goes to Kenya for U.N Decade for Women Conference
    GFWC International President Jeri Winger (1984-1986) is an official delegate for the U.S. to the U.N Decade for Women Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Good Housekeeping Donates a collection to the WHRC

    Good Housekeeping Donates a collection to the WHRC
    Good Housekeeping Magazine donates an archive of related collections to the WHRC. GFWC members renew their commitment to conservation through special programs and protect endangered species.
  • GFWC Headquartes becomes National Landmark

    GFWC Headquartes becomes National Landmark
    The united States Secretary of the Interior designates GFWC Headquartes a National Historic Landmark
  • Jae Cunningham Croly is inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame

    Jae Cunningham Croly is inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame
    Jane Cunningham Croly is inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y. Croly is noted for her pioneering work as a woman journalist and for mobolizing the "previously untapped and unorganized sisterhood of capable American women that would reshape American Society."
  • GFWC begins "Libraries 2000"

    GFWC begins "Libraries 2000"
    GFWC begins "Libraries 2000" raising more than $13.5 million in donations and materials ro public libraries and public school libraries.
  • GFWC helps to purchase ambulance for New York City Fire Department after 9/11

    GFWC helps to purchase ambulance for New York City Fire Department after 9/11
    GFWC members contribute $180,000 to purchase a fully-equiped ambulance for the New York City Fire Department, replacing equipment lost during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 1994.
  • GFWC is recognized by Senator Joe Biden

    GFWC is recognized by Senator Joe Biden
    GFWC members are recognized on the floor of the United States Senate as "a gem in our midst" by then-semator Joseph Biden (Del.) for efforts in raising awareness of domestic violence and poviding assistance to domestic violence survivors.
  • GFWC Advoactes for Bipartisan Pay Equality Bill

    GFWC Advoactes for Bipartisan Pay Equality Bill
    GFWC advocates for bipartisan pay equality bill based on the discrimination case of clubwoman Lilly Ledbetter (Ala.). President Obama signs the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in January 2009
  • GFWC Haiti Disaster Relief Fund

    GFWC Haiti Disaster Relief Fund
    Between 2010 and 2011, GFWC Haiti Disaster Relief Fund raised and donated more than $55,000 toward the rebuilding efforts following the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
  • Grave Site Rededication for Jane Cunningham Croly

    Grave Site Rededication for Jane Cunningham Croly
    On september 15, 2011, GFWCheld a grave site rededication ceremony for the recently refurbished Jane Cunningham Croly Grave site in Lakewood, N.J. The GFWC Disaster Relief-Library Replenishment Fund is established to restock collections for public libraries that have been affected by a disaster.
  • GFWC Establishes "Success for Survivors" Scholarship

    GFWC Establishes "Success for Survivors" Scholarship
    GFWC establishes the "success for Survivors" Scholarship, an effort to highlight the importance of rebuilding one's life after experiencing violence. The scholarships help intimate partner survivors obtain a post-secondary education and reshape their future by securing employment and gaining independence.