Frederick Douglass Woman's Club

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The Frederick Douglass Woman's Club was formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1906.[1] It was one of the first women's clubs in Chicago to promote suffrage.[2] It was notable because it was one of the few interracial women's clubs in Chicago.[2]


The club was founded in 1906 by Celia Parker Woolley, a white Unitarian minister and novelist.[3] Most of the members of the club were middle-class, and it was an interracial club.[3] The club met weekly, hosting speakers who discussed political events of the day, including votes for women. Speakers included Elia W. Peattie, G. M. Faulkner of Liberia College, and Elmira Springer.[1] Ida B. Wells served as vice president of the club.[1]

Because of social pressure from the Frederick Douglass Woman's Club, the Chicago Political League, another local woman's club extended their membership to African-American women.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c Knupfer, Anne Meis (1996). Toward a tenderer and a nobler womanhood : African American women's clubs in turn-of-the-century Chicago. New York [u.a.]: New York Univ. Press. p. 51. ISBN 0814746918.
  2. ^ a b Knupfer, Anne Meis. "African-American Women's Clubs in Chicago, 1890 - 1920". Illinois Periodicals Online (IPO). Northern Illinois University Libraries. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Crocco, Margaret; Hendry, Petra Munro (1999). Pedagogies of Resistance: Women Educator Activists, 1880-1960. Teachers College Press. p. 32. ISBN 0807762970.