​​California Federation of Women's Clubs


As WHRC Chairman I will be promoting for the next two years the Suffrage Movement and all that transpired as in 2020 we will be celebrating the 100 year anniversary of granting women the right to vote. I will be highlighting the many women who fought for their rights, both Clubwomen and non-Clubwomen.

The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it.

                                        Eleanor Roosevelt

If your Club or a Club member(s) participated in any events that promoted the Suffrage Movement, such as walking in a parade with other women encouraging the right to vote, or manned a table helping women to register to vote, were arrested, etc., please fill out the form entitled “Suffrage Movement”. I plan on using that information in the monthly Newsletter. At the end of my term in 2020, I hope to put all that information in booklet form so that we can “share” our history. [C:\Users\Deborah\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.MSO\A9A765C9.tmp]

“The Suffrage Project” directions and application.

I will be continuing the Firstie Project that Kim Plater, 2016-2018 WHRC Chairman began. I know that we have only scratched the surface on the “firsties” within CFWC. Please take a look at the information posted below as some of the requirements have been changed.

“Firstie Project”:  Our clubs are filled with accomplished, notable women.  Help CFWC write “Women Back into History” by researching the women in your club and honoring them as a “Firstie”.  Complete the attached form and send it to: CFWC History Chairman Deborah Bushnell (deb.bushnell1354@gmail.com) or mail to Deborah Bushnell, 2266 Crest Drive, Fortuna, CA. 95540. 

The member needs to be a club member (past or present) and has accomplished a notable fete that sets her apart as a “first”.  This can be at the federation or community/national/international level.  Examples include the “first” clubwoman to become your City Mayor, Police Officer, notable athlete, author, musician, artist, etc.  See the CFWC WHRC Chairman website for further information. [Image result for early policewomen]

“The Firstie Project” directions and application.

PROJECT IDEAS:  Begin by appointing a WHRC Club Chairman.  Some clubs call this position a Historian.  Either title is appropriate.  Many clubs do projects related to women’s history but do not report them – make a commitment to report them this year.  Here are just a few projects you can report in this category.

Join the WHRC at GFWC.org

Volunteer to assist the WHRC (off-site)

Attend women’s history workshops and programs

Visit cfwc.org, click on Chairmen (WHRC) for project ideas

Download a monthly copy of the CFWC WHRC Newsletter

Submit articles about women’s history to various Newsletters

Participate in the “Suffrage” Project

Honor your members

Invite speakers to your club to discuss women’s history

Celebrate Women’s History Month

Celebrate GFWC Federation Day

Hold a fundraiser and make a donation to WHRC

Participate in the “Firstie” Project

Celebrate your club’s anniversaries

Participate in local library activities celebrating women

Visit memorials to women (Rosie the Riveter” – Oakland, CA)

AWARDS:  A CFWC certificate will be awarded annually to one District and one club in each membership category for the best “Suffragist” and “Firstie” submissions.  Submit by May 2019. 

NEWSLETTER: Contact deb.bushnell1354@gmail.com to receive an advanced copy of the monthly WHRC State Newsletter or download a copy from cfwc.org, WHRC chairman.

The GFWC WHRC is located in Washington, D.C. at GFWC Headquarters. It houses available reference services, interactive technology, educational programs and publications and exhibits that document the history of women volunteers.  WHRC also refers to a GFWC advancement guide.  It assists with report writing and program development.  You can view it at www.GFWC.org/clubmanual.  This site also provides instructions for using the “on line” catalog for conducting research.



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