Sunday, March 28, 2010

April 24th is Federation Day

GFWC Founder Jane Cunningham Croly

GFWC Federation Day is an annual celebration of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, which was officially formed on April 24, 1890, in New York, N.Y.

The history of GFWC is traced back to 1868, when a pioneering woman journalist named Jane Cunningham Croly (1829-1901) sought to attend a dinner honoring British novelist Charles Dickens at an all-male press club. Croly was denied admittance based upon her gender, in response, she formed a club for women. In 1890, Croly extended an invitation to women's clubs throughout the United States to attend a convention in New York City. Representatives from 63 clubs from throughout the nation attended the convention and took action to form the General Federation of Women's Clubs.

In honor of GFWC founder Jane Croly the GFWC Tampa Junior Woman's Club have organized a writing workshop to take place on April 24th at 10am at the GFWC Tampa Woman's Club. Personal historian and author Paula Stahel of Breath and Shadows will be leading a 3hr workshop on life writing. To learn more about Paula please visit her website at