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New Jersey Women's Club honored

August 02, 2017

Thirteen members of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC attended the New Brunswick City Council Meeting on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 where they were
presented with a resolution in recognition of the 100 th Anniversary of their founding of The New Jersey College for Women, now known as Douglass Residential College.
Starting in 1911, the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC (NJSFWC) was determined to create an opportunity for women to receive a college degree because no public
colleges in the state admitted women. They appointed Mabel Smith Douglass a member of the NJSFWC-Jersey City Woman’s Club to chair the committee to establish an opportunity for
women’s public higher education in New Jersey. Mrs. Douglass asked Rutgers College if they would admit women. When they refused, Mabel decided to raise enough funds to open a
women’s college. She walked around New Brunswick, asking for just $1 from each household. The New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs aided her in the dollar drive, gathering $1
donations from women around the state. Mabel also enlisted the help of a few generous donors.  Read more... 


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