The General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service, celebrates its 125th anniversary on April 24, the organization’s Federation Day.

GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club (founded in 1964) is a proud member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC).

To mark GFWC’s 125th Anniversary, GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club received a proclamation from Arthur Vigeant, mayor of Marlborough, MA, in recognition of the often unheralded work clubwomen contribute to our communities.

125th Anniversary GFWC Day ProclamationGFWC’s Signature Project is Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention. It also focuses heavily on veterans’ issues and child advocacy, among a host of other programs. GFWC partners include Canine Companions for Independence, Easter Seals, The Heart Truth®, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), Inside Knowledge, The Kettering Foundation, March of Dimes, Prevent Child Abuse America, Sew Much Comfort, UNICEF, the U.N. Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign, and USO.

The seeds for GFWC’s existence were sown in New York in 1868 when journalist and founder Jane Cunningham Croly (the namesake for MJWC’s club mascot – Jennie) was denied entry because of her gender to a press club dinner honoring author Charles Dickens, leading her to form a woman’s club, Sorosis. On April 24, 1890, 63 clubs officially formed the General Federation of Women’s Club by ratifying the GFWC constitution.

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