Capsule History of Washington State Juniors

The progress of the Junior movement throughout the life of the Federation has been of great interest. It didn't start in 1925, when the first Junior State Organization was formed, but started in 1896, which is the year Washington State affiliated with the General Federation of Women's Clubs.

The Junior Club movement was not a matter to be brought into being on the spur of the moment. It had its inception in the early days of Federation in this state. The founders of the Federation and their contemporary clubwomen had reached ages spanning the late 40's and 50's to the 70's and 80's. Thus, some of the outstanding thinkers of the time wondered if the Federation would last. The best solution to the problem of future existence was infiltration of young women into women's clubs. A great deal of thought was given to the best method of first attracting them and then coordinating them with the established personnel, maintaining the dignity and prestige of the older women while making the best use of the energy and stimulating initiative of the newcomers. However, these early club leaders did not believe a young woman could spring unfledged into the responsibility of clubwork, any more than a bird could fly unfeathered into the heavens. More...