The California Federation of Women’s Clubs (CFWC) is a statewide 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization established in 1900.
CFWC’s motto “Strength United is Stronger” reminds us that in unity there is strength and, through the united efforts of California’s club members, it is possible to accomplish many things for the benefit of people in our communities and throughout the state.
Organized at Los Angeles: January 18, 1900
Admitted to General Federation: May, 1900
CFWC State Motto: Strength United is Stronger
CFWC Official Flower: Gold Rose
Federation Official Song: America The Beautiful
Our Mission Statement
The California Federation of Women’s Clubs is affiliated with 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. 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.
History of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC)
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs 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.