Saturday, March 15, 2014

Special State Project Fundraiser A Success!

The Special State Project fundraiser,in support of Family Promise was a great success! Over 250 Clubwomen attended and had over 110 Tricky Tray items and a variety of silent auction items to choose from. Clubs were extremely generous and there was a huge variety of gift baskets. The event was held at the Upper Montclair Woman's Club house and a delicious lunch was served.

See some photo's of the day below:

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March is Women's history month..some important women in GFWC history

Notable Clubwomen

Jane Cunningham Croly
(1829-1901) was a pioneering journalist who, under the pen name Jennie June, contributed articles to newspapers such as The New York Tribune and The New York Sunday Times. She was one of the first women to write a syndicated column and the first to teach a college journalism course. She founded the Sorosis club for women in 1868 and the Women's Press Club of New York City in 1889. She later organized the General Federation of Women's Clubs.

Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) is best known for authoring the poem "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". She was a prolific writer and became the first woman inducted to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She was a leader in the suffrage movement and a respected lecturer for numerous causes. She helped organize the New England Woman's Club in 1868 and served as the President of the Massachusetts Federation of Women's Club.

Ellen Curtis Demorest (1824-1898), helped revolutionize the fashion industry in the 1860s with the invention and mass-production of her paper dress-making patterns. She owned a successful dressmaking shop in New York City and a popular magazine which featured Jennie June as one of the chief writers. She was also a founding member of Sorosis and served as both vice-president and treasurer for the club.

Frances Willard
(1839-1898) was an active leader in the temperance movement of the late 1800s, and served as president of the Women's Christian Temperance Union for twenty years. A noted orator, Willard won a large following by traveling the country with her message of temperance and later, suffrage. She was also a member of the Chicago Woman's Club and spoke at the Chicago Biennial Convention in 1892.

Jane Addams (1860-1935) founded Hull House, a settlement house in Chicago, which served as a model for the social reform movement of the Progressive Era. She was a vocal advocate for working women and child labor laws. She was also a leader in the suffrage movement and helped to establish the International League for Peace and Freedom. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. Addams was an active member of the Chicago Women's Club and served as Chairman of the GFWC Committee on Child Labor in the early 1900's.

Julia Lathrop (1858-1932) was the first person appointed to head the federal Children's Bureau which was created in 1912. President Taft chose Lathrop because of her impressive accomplishments in social work. She was also a member of the Chicago Woman's Club and assisted the club in their work for juvenile court laws.

Eleanor Roosevelt
(1884-1962) was a first lady, social reformer, columnist, teacher, and political activist. She was a tireless advocate for the poor and disadvantaged and exercised her influence as a speaker and writer. She also served on the first U.S. delegation to the United Nations (UN) and drafted the Declaration of Human Rights while chairing the Human Rights Commission for the UN. She was an active member of the Chautauqua Women's Club in New York and maintained strong ties with the Federation throughout her years as First Lady. She spoke at several GFWC events and graciously entertained GFWC officers at the White House.

Bertha Ethel Knight Landes
(1868-1943) was president of the Woman’s Century Club from 1918-1920, and a member of the Women's University Club of Seattle, president of the Washington State League of Women Voters, and president of the Seattle City Federation of Women’s Clubs. Landes was later elected to the Seattle City Council in 1922, and two years later, she was elected Council President. In 1926, after many accomplishments on the Seattle City Council, Landes was elected mayor of Seattle, becoming the first woman to be elected mayor of a major city.