The East Palo Alto Women's Club Records document the history and accomplishments of the organization from 1917-1995. Starting
in 1893 as the Mother's Club, they formally incorporated on June 20, 1894 as the Woman's Club of Palo Alto with 24 members.
The main objectives of the Club focused on self-improvement, mutual aide, and community work. During their formative years,
club women played a significant role in city government through fund-raising efforts and demands for municipal services. Between
the years 1893-1896, the club founded the first reading room and library in the city, and they contributed to the founding
of the first elementary school.
Prior to California women receiving the vote in 1911, Palo Alto Club women proposed two sewer bonds and they worked to beautify
the city with trees. Following the suffrage victory, the Club expanded its membership and focused on civic and philanthropic
activities, as well as organized a variety of educational and cultural events. The club provided a social outlet for club
members through a variety of programs, including plays and musical celebrations. Today the club continues to provide leadership
in philanthropy and is affiliated with the State and National Federation of Women's Clubs.
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