April 23, 1890: General Federation of Women’s Clubs Founded

Another fine example of how we advocated for Earth Day before there even WAS one!
Kudos today to the League of Women Voters who are continuing the mission to preserve our environment for ALL our futures.

This Day in Water History

0423 General Federation of Womens ClubsApril 23, 1890:General Federation of Women’s Clubs founded in the US; conservation and “ecology” among top priorities. Over a million women participated directly in reform efforts during the Progressive era, and the federation developed national committees on forestry, waterways and rivers and harbors. For example, the waterways committee was formed in 1909 to promote water power, clean water and cheaper transportation, according to historian Carolyn Merchant.

“The rationale for women’s involvement [in public health movements] lay in the effect of waterways on every American home: Pure water meant health; impure meant disease and death.” — Carolyn Merchant.

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