Fabulous Women of WNFGA

[W]e have kept our lively characteristic pioneer spirit, as well as our flair for cooperative action … It is difficult to visualize today the hardihood, vision, and enthusiasm of the small body of women who pioneered fifty years ago. Yet the organization has hewed to the line, & adapted its original & still vital purposes […]

Fabulous Women of WNFGA

The Fabulous Women of Farm & Garden

[W]e have kept our lively characteristic pioneer spirit, as well as our flair for cooperative action …

It is difficult to visualize today the hardihood, vision, and enthusiasm of the small body of women who pioneered fifty years ago. Yet the organization has hewed to the line, & adapted its original & still vital purposes to a changing world.

Mrs. Herbert B. Hosmer, First History chair and WNF&GA archivist,
on the occasion of the Association’s 50th anniversary 196

 

The Founding Mothers of WNF&GA were women of vision and integrity, educated women of means who believed in the inherent right of women to live equally with men. They were pioneers, with progressive ideas and the fortitude to make them real.

​Here’s a look at three Michigan women whose impact on the Association has been profound & lasting.

The Founding Mothers of WNF&GA were women of vision and integrity,
educated women of means who believed in the inherent right of women to live equally with men.
They were pioneers, with progressive ideas and the fortitude to make them real. 

​Here’s a look at three Michigan women whose impact on the Association has been profound & lasting.

Louisa Yeomans King
1863-1948
First National WNF&GA President
Founder, WNF&GA Michigan Division
Founder, Garden Clubs of America
Internationally known garden author & speaker
Clara Bryant Ford
1866-1950
Fifth National WNF&GA President, 1927-34

 

Matilda Dodge Wilson
1883-1967
WNF&GA President, 1964-66
Businesswoman, preservationist, art collector, horsewoman, farmer and philanthropist