Obviously, something can be said for becoming involved in a group or organization with other like minded women. Getting involved gives purpose, creates friendships, and empowers. Our great-grandmothers’ and grandmothers’ generations were very involved philanthropically, educationally, socially, etc. They would attend etiquette classes, hold forums, have book clubs, attend Bible study, etc. Some of these things are still in practice, but for the most part, this is a dying trend. Instead, we have surrounded ourselves with only those who think similar to us and only advocate for our said issue. Nothing is wrong with surrounding yourself with those who think like you (duh! FFL!), but we also need to step out of our bubble and contribute to society in other ways. By joining traditional groups filled with women of different pasts and ideology with a heart for growth and service, we can learn invaluable things. 

To help, here are four popular and nationwide groups to consider getting involved with. 

The Junior League

The Junior League is an organization comprised of women with hearts for civic engagement and volunteering. Women of all ages make up the 291 chapters around the world. The organization gives back to their communities by volunteering, planning events/fundraisers, and planting seeds of leadership in each other. Their mission statement is as follows,

“Our mandate has not wavered: to develop exceptionally qualified civic leaders who collaborate with community partners to identify a community’s most urgent needs and address them with meaningful and relevant programs and initiatives that not only improve lives, but also change the way people think. This important work has won us dedicated community and corporate partners and loyal supporters for more than 117 years as well as an enduring legacy as the foremost provider of civic leadership training for women. They don’t call us the Volunteer Powerhouse for nothing.”

If you have a true heart for giving back to your community, The Junior League is for you! They do require all applicants to go through a selection process and pay dues each year. For more information or to find a chapter near you, click here

Bible Study Fellowship

If you are wanting to expand your walk with God and find good, Christian fellowship with others, look no further. Bible Study Fellowship is an international, non-denominational organization that began in 1959. They offer early morning and evening classes, men and women only classes, as well as a mixed young adult class. Childcare is also available. Classes and times vary depending on your area. Weekly studies consist of large group lectures and small fellowship groups that are assigned. The small groups grow close and often have get-togethers outside of BSF. If you want to find a class near you, click here

General Federation of Women’s Clubs

GFWC is very similar to The Junior League, but has been around since the 1800s with a vision for global impact. Their mission statement explains:

“With nearly 80,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state, the District of Columbia, and more than a dozen countries, GFWC members work in their own communities to support the arts, preserve natural resources, advance education, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage civic involvement, and work toward world peace and understanding.”

This organization has a very traditional slant, giving a nod to our great-grandmothers’ generational endeavors. Visit their website here, if you would like to learn more. 

Sororities or On Campus Women’s Groups

Sororities and women’s campus organizations are both great ways to start fellowship and philanthropy minded from a young age. Both types of groups focus on sisterhood and outreach much like The Junior League and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Check your campus for the sorority chapters and other women’s groups available at your university. 

Makenzi C