General Federation of Women's Clubs

The General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC), founded in 1890 during the Progressive Movement, is an alliance of many local clubs for middle class women which discuss literature and current events and promote civic improvements. Most of its activities are done independently by local clubs. Since the growth of women in business and the professions since the 1970s, the Federation has largely lost membership and influence. GFWC remains one of the world's largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational, women's volunteer service organizations.

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