History of the Woman's Club of Nashville

"I believe in pure water, pure milk, and pure food.  I believe in the highest ideals for my community, specifically, that health, music, art, love and work are ours to enjoy."

This statement inspired a group of young women in 1909 to organize the first woman's civic club in the State of Tennessee.  Calling themselves the East Nashville Civic Club, they collectively decided to declare what they supported in the Nashville community and what they wanted changed.  

The first department of the club was called the Children's Hour. Through their efforts, the young club was successful in securing three branch libraries with money from the Carnegie Foundation. 

Concerned with the health of their families, club members fought to enact cleaner health and environmental laws, in a time when windows were not screened, flies were a nuisance, chickens ran loose in gardens and yards, bread was unwrapped and meat uncovered.  The skies were polluted with smoke from burning trash and leaves. 

During World War I, East Nashville Civic Club gave their individual time and talents toward the war efforts.  When the war ended in 1918, the women's attention focused on securing the right to vote.  The Suffragette movement was in full swing with ladies of the club actually marching on the capitol in Nashville. 

The club's name was changed to East Nashville Woman's Club.  Following a membership drive, the club expanded to include 1,000 members and the name was then changed to the Woman's Club of Nashville.  They were originally chartered on July 31, 1931 by the General Federation of Woman's Clubs. 

Over the years these dedicated hardworking club members continued to support the growing Nashville community.  They worked with the Mayor's office, law enforcement officials and helped to form the City Beautiful Commission.  During World War II members sold war bonds and stamps and worked with the Red Cross.  

Today, the Woman's Club of Nashville continues to contribute both time and money to designated projects and causes.  Through the years contributions have been made to: the American Heart Association, the Kidney Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis, Alive Hospice, the Nashville Symphony, Heimerdinger Foundation, Safe Haven, Alzheimer Association and other service and charitable organizations.