Founded February 22, 1893 by women whose abilities and desires to contribute to their community
had been stifled under the sexist constraints of the time.
Members included many whose names are familiar to us today
Tenney, Atwood, Olin, La Follette, Frautschi, Findorff, Elver, Marling and McVicar.
In 1906, the Woman's Club commissioned architect Jeremiah K. Cady to design a
home for the club. The building still stands at
240 W. Gilman St.
Established kindergarten in our public schools
Developed the school gardens in vacant lots
Assisted in establishing the Associated Charities, The visiting nurse fund & the visiting housekeeper
Brought milk inspection into Madison
Brought garbage collection to Madison
Started the movement for Madison General Hospital and raised most of the money