We cannot change History, but we CAN write “HER story.”
The Women’s History and Resource Center (WHRC) opened in 1984 under the guidance of GFWC International President Juanita Bryant of North Carolina.
The GFWC Officers and members knew the importance of preserving our history and artifacts. The Women's History and Resource Center's purpose is to develop and incorporate club and community projects aimed at preserving women’s history.
As GFWC members, we must educate club and community members on the current relevance of GFWC and club histories. Write editorials to your local newspaper and thank the past members of GFWC Clubs in your community for all that they did to promote women's issues and strengthen your community. Highlight your club’s history to demonstrate the importance of your club to your community. For more information on membership recruitment activities, review the GFWC Membership Advancement Guide in the GFWC Club Manual.
GFWC history is relevant to ALL Community Service Program areas (Arts and Culture, Civic Engagement and Outreach, Education and Libraries, Environment, Health and Wellness, The GFWC Signature Program: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assult Awareness and Prevention, Junior Special Program: Advocates for Children) and Advancement Plans (Communication and Public Relations, Leadership, Legislation and Public Policy, and Membership).
Remember to celebrate Women’s History Month (March), Federation Day (April 24), and Archives Month (October) by developing a public awareness program by offering GFWC history stories to your local news media.
Partner with local historical institutions to promote the role of your club in local history. You can also work with your local public schools to assist students with projects on women’s history. 2020 celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote. The Women’s History and Resource Center will be offering a Special Award during 2020-2021. In recognition of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial, GFWC will offer a cash award of $100 to the GFWC club that best promotes the celebration in its community this August.
Did you know?
• By 1933, GFWC founded 75% of America's public libraries and pioneered the idea of bookmobiles. Did a GFWC Club found your local library in your community?
• Women's History and Resource Center collects, preserves, interprets, and promotes the history of the GFWC and women volunteers.
• WHRC documents the social and political contributions of GFWC clubwomen from 1890 to the present through the GFWC archives, related special collections, and publications.
• Students and others (non-GFWC Members) use our WHRC to do research on women's issues.
You can Become a Friend of the WHRC by donating to the GFWC Women’s History and Resource Center in support of its mission and become a Friend of the WHRC. By joining the Friends of the WHRC, you will help:
• Preserve and maintain GFWC collections
• Increase research library acquisitions
• Provide student field study opportunities