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Catalog Number WF 0772
Caption 20th Centry Club
Description Seven women sitting around a table for "tea". Portrait of the Twentieth Century Club, a women's club in Anacortes. During the late1800s and early 1900s, the women's club movement was in full swing, with clubs organized for every type of need, from gaining the vote for women to literary discussions, from sewing (see WF 0773) to music. Anacortes was no exception. Not only did these clubs provide women with much-needed stimulation and companionship (see WF 0794), they also were forums through which women could gain additional education, as well as exercise control over community affairs, by working through the "private sphere" of home that characterized women's lives at the time. These clubs were dubbed the "middle-class women's university," and it appears from the book held in the woman in the center, and the club's name, that the Twentieth Century Club was devoted to self-education and discussing the current events of the day as a new century dawned. By 1920 there were over 2000 small clubs in the state and many were affiliated with the Washington Federation of Women's Clubs, an umbrella group that tied club work to the larger national Women's Club movement at that time. At times the WFWC had a full-time lobbyist in Olympia during the legislative sessions. See WF 0772 for another portrait of this group, and WF 0670 for a possible 20th Century Club camp on Cypress Island.
Date 1902 c.
Photographer Unknown
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place - Anacortes, WA
Structure - Residence
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Twentieth Century Club
women's club
community affairs
Washington Federation of Women's Clubs
Object Name Print, Photographic