Episode Four: Women’s Clubs Taking Action

For our first March podcast, we’re honoring Women’s History Month by focusing on

The Lucy Cobb Institute, a frequent meeting place of the Athens Woman's Club
The Lucy Cobb Institute, a frequent meeting place of the Athens Woman’s Club

the the Women’s Club Movement, a phenomenon associated with the later 19th and early 20th centuries. Women’s clubs were a way for women to enact change in their communities and lobby for causes while many women across the United States couldn’t vote to express their opinions. Join us as we learn about how women’s clubs of that time gave women a voice and what they did with it. At the end of the episode, we spotlight the Athens Woman’s Club of Athens, Georgia to get a glimpse at the daily life of a women’s club. A wonderful resource for this club is freely available online, transcripts of their minutes from 1899 to 1920.


Athens Woman’s Club. (1918, January). January 1918 minutes. Retrieved from http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/athenswomansclub/awc002h.php

General Federation of Women’s Clubs. (2015). History and mission. Retrieved from http://www.gfwc.org/who-we-are/history-and-mission/

Lewis, J. J. (2015). Sorosis. Retrieved from http://womenshistory.about.com/od/womansclubmovement/p/sorosis.htm

Ripley, L. A. (2007). The Athens Woman’s Club and social reform. Retrieved from http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/athenswomansclub/history.php

Schneider, D. & Schneider C. J. (1993). American women in the progressive era. New York, NY: Facts on File.

Image Credit: Connie B. Dowell



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