Sorosis (New York, N.Y.)

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Sorosis, the first professional club for women in the U.S., was founded in New York, N.Y. in 1868 by columnist "Jennie June" (Jane C. Croly) and other women journalists and writers. The members tended to be professional and literary women. New York's Sorosis and Boston's New England Woman's Club (both founded in 1868), inspired the formation of women's clubs across the country. Croly called a national convention of women's clubs in 1869, resulting in the formation of the Association for the Advancement of Women in 1873 and the General Federation of Women's Clubs in 1890. Through the years, members of Sorosis have been prominent in other women's activities, especially the writing professions; war relief efforts during both World Wars; philanthropy (including support for the MacDowell Colony); raising scholarship funds and creating better opportunities for women; and participating in social reforms such as temperance, dress reform. Presidents of the club have included Alice Cary, Jennie C. Croly, Charlotte B. Wilbour, M. Louise Thomas, Ella Dietz Clymer, and Jennie de la M. Lozier.

From the description of Records, 1856-1983. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 49705973

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referencedIn Croly, J. C. (Jane Cunningham), 1829-1901. Papers, 1876-1966 (inclusive), 1876-1901 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Sorosis (New York, N.Y.). Papers, 1868-1937 (inclusive) [Microform]. Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Sorosis (New York, N.Y.). Records, 1856-1983. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Spencer, Lilly Martin, 1822-1902. Papers [microform], 1840-1965. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Stimson, Henry A. (Henry Albert), 1842-1936. Papers, 1856-1936. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Hanaford, Phebe A. (Phebe Ann), 1829-1921. Papers, 1874. Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
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associatedWith Cary, Alice, 1820-1871. person
associatedWith Cary, Phoebe, 1824-1871. person
associatedWith Croly, J. C. 1829-1901. person
associatedWith Croly, J. C. (Jane Cunningham), 1829-1901. person
associatedWith General Federation of Women's Clubs corporateBody
associatedWith Hanaford, Phebe A. 1829-1921. person
associatedWith MacDowell Colony, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Spencer, Lilly Martin, 1822-1902. person
associatedWith Stimson, Henry A. (Henry Albert), 1842-1936. person
associatedWith Wilbour, Charlotte B. 1833-1914. person
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New York (State)--New York
United States
New York (N.Y.)
Women--Social conditions
Temperance--Societies, etc
Women--Societies and clubs--History--Sources
Women in the professions--History--20th century--Sources
Women--Societies and clubs
Literature--Societies, etc

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Active 1856

Active 1983



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