California Federation of Women’s Clubs (CFWC) is affiliated with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. Federated clubs are located throughout California with the primary purpose of carrying out charitable service, providing leadership opportunities, and enriching the lives of members through personal growth.
CFWC‘s motto “Strength United is Stronger” reminds us that in unity there is strength and, by uniting our efforts, CFWC clubs and members will accomplish much to benefit people in communities throughout all of California. We are a statewide 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.
CFWC Organized (Los Angeles): January 18, 1900
CFWC Motto: Strength United is Stronger
CFWC Flower: Gold Rose
Federation Song: America The Beautiful
History of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. With nearly 80,000 members and affiliated clubs in every state and a dozen countries, GFWC members support a broad range of causes and charitable projects in their communities. GFWC’s roots began in 1868 when journalist Jane Cunningham Croly attempted to attend an event at an all-male press club honoring British novelist Charles Dickens. Ms. Croly was denied admittance because of her gender, and in response, she formed a woman’s club – Sorosis. Two decades later, women’s clubs throughout the United States were invited to pursue the cause of federation by attending a convention in New York City. In April 1890, 63 clubs officially formed the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.