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Women's Club Movement in Idaho is Subject of a Library Exhibit Through May 17

March 28, 2019

The exhibit, Idaho Club Women, looks at the Women's Club Movement in Idaho and celebrates some of the earliest women's clubs in the state and the impact of women's clubs on society. Beginning during Women's History Month, the exhibit is available for student, faculty, staff and community viewing on the second floor of the library through May 17, 2019.

At a time when it was readily accepted that a woman's place was at home, many women formed societies and clubs based around education and civic responsibility. A driving force in community development, women's clubs served as places where women could meet and discuss ideas and issues.

Women's clubs organized around a variety of issues, including temperance, benevolence and voting rights. These clubs were one of the only ways for women to influence their communities and public policy prior to gaining the right to vote. Many clubs had a literary, historical, or musical focus, raising funds for public libraries, art centers and conservation efforts. Even when women were not allowed to have a political voice, women's clubs were able to lobby the various levels of government to enact change.

Idaho, Latah County and Moscow had several women's clubs throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Some of these clubs have disbanded with waning interest, but others continue on today. Local schools, libraries and parks have all been affected by women's clubs in one way or another.

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