Untitled Document

New England Women's Club

The New England Women's Club (NEWC), is one of the oldest women's clubs in the United States. It was founded in 1868 and met monthly well into the 1970s. The NEWC, led by its first president Caroline M. Severance, Julia Ward Howe, and Ednah Dow Cheney, started a phenomenon which changed America. The NEWC provided a meeting-place for women outside the home, gave them new knowledge and inspiration for their work at home and outside, and united their efforts in various social causes.

The Legacy for Change Continues

In 2002, the Bostonian Society presented the first New England Women’s Club Memorial Lecture, Boston’s Women’s Clubs Igniting National Change, by Karen Blair, Professor, Central Washington University and author of The Clubwoman As Feminist. This lecture included formal recognition of the decision by the 15 remaining members of the NEWC to disband and direct the income from their endowment to fund an initiative around women’s history programming at the Bostonian Society.

Bostonian Society/New England Women's Club Fellowship ($5,000)

The Bostonian Society offers assistance to doctoral candidates, independent scholars or teaching faculty pursuing research in particular areas of Boston history through participation in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium of 17 major cultural agencies. The Bostonian Society/New England Women's Club Fellowship in women's history focuses on the study of women significant in the city's history, or issues related to women in Boston.

To learn more please visit the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium website.

Click here to view a list of past fellowship recipients