How to start a womens club

Have you thought about starting a women's club? Maybe you stop yourself because you don't know where to begin or have some idea but can't seem to find the time to organize the group. It does take some time to organize the group - though not as much as you may think - and the benefits all the women in the group receive are significant.

Women seem to naturally come together to share everyday activities. Life is easier when you can shop, exercise or share a problem with a friend. So creating a club around a specific topic feeds us emotionally.

We have different relationships in our lives, all of which are important. It's the women in our lives who add silly laughter, endless hours of conversation, caring for us when we are ill, and a loving ear when we are hurting. Are you more relaxed with your women friends?

We started our women's group 11 years ago with the vision that women know how to naturally brainstorm and help each other problem solve. We meet once a month over dinner, and the hostess picks a topic for the evening, usually around self-help. In the past, we've had psychic readings and massages, too. After 11 years, we have a special bond with each other. We've shared problems, joys, celebrations, and grandchildren. More importantly, we have each grown because of our consistent connections with each other and the topics that we have chosen to discuss.

When you first start a club, it may seem a bit awkward. The excitement is there yet you haven't bonded as a group. Over time, the group creates itself and the power of gathering together impacts each one of you individually.

Why would you want to start a club? There are many reasons why women gather. In the old days, women formed "quilting bees" where they talked and shared the sewing together. It's all about sharing. So what would you like to share with other women?

  • To jumpstart your thinking, here are some ideas that women are interested in:
  • Parents gather together who have similar aged children.
  • Women want to become financially savvy, and save while shopping, so they start investment clubs.
  • Spiritual circles - sharing a spiritual lifestyle together.
  • Women at work - professional women creating mastermind groups to move them forward in their careers.
  • Working moms - Moms don't have to be alone in finding solutions to the challenges of working and creating a satisfying home life.
  • Community oriented - helping impact the communities we live in.
  • Building a stronger family - helping each other brainstorm on how to create a loving and caring family.
  • Cultural - plan outings to different cultural events.

Society has changed significantly. For women in the past, we were part of a large, strong and extended family network. For some of us that may still be true. For many of us, our families reside in different places nowadays. So our women connections fill in the gaps. Each one of us can build stronger lives on the strength of our connections with other women. Why not gather in one room, each member bringing their unique selves to share with others, so all of us can grow and build stronger lives.


    women rights history

    Today in the United States women have incredible rights, and for the most part they have broken down all the glass ceilings. It has not been very long that women have had the rights that they currently enjoy. For many years, after the colonies became independent from Britain, women in the new country did not have the same rights that men did. Women were not allowed to vote until the mid 1900's and even then it was met with much resistance from many men in the United States. After the right to vote, women had to fight for their rights in the workplace. Even as late as the 1950s, women were expected to trade sewing tips and know everything from a sewing book because according to society, their place was in the home, doing housework. It is important to know where women came from in order to see where women are going in the future.

    Up until the mid 1900's, women had very few political rights. Women were not allowed to vote until Susan B. Anthony helped encourage women to fight for their rights in the political arena. Finally, women did earn the right to vote, but not much else came with that right. Even after this right was earned, women were still expected to continue with the traditional gender roles that had already been established; however, the right to vote gave way to the next big women's movement which would come in the 1960's.

    The women's liberation movement was an important part of women's history in the United States. During this time women began to demand to be treated equally to men in the workplace and also to have the same opportunities as men at work. This movement helped women realize they were capable of being more than just the lower ranks of the business world. Women realized they had the ability to be doctors, lawyers, and even CEO's in their fields where men were the dominant force. Females in the United States started getting more educated in order to compete for jobs that were once only for men. Partly because of this 1960's movement, more women today are getting better and higher education, and they are working top-level jobs outside of the home.

    Now, more than ever, there is a lot of pressure on women to be good mothers and good employees. There is a double standard for many women in society because now, not only are they expected to be good, full-time mothers, they are also expected to contribute to the household income by performing some kind of work outside of the home. It will be interesting to see how women will react to this double standard in the coming years. With current trends, women are really starting to put their careers first and then wait until they are older to have children, so they feel better about either giving up their careers completely or just taking a cut in work hours. Again, it will be interesting to see the future of women's society because of the current conflict that women face between balancing career and family.