Our History


After WW1 women’s participation in the war effort created the desire for women to advocate for equality and women’s rights.

The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) was founded in 1919 and is a non-profit, non-partisan, self-funded organization working for the improvement of the status of women and girls, promotion of quality public education and advancement of human rights, justice and peace. These goals are achieved by lobbying the government with resolutions submitted annually by members from individual clubs across Canada.

Kincardine CFUW received its charter in 1991 and are now celebrating our 25th anniversary. Our Club locally administers a trust fund to provide 2 yearly Bursaries given to female graduates of Kincardine and District Secondary School who are going on to higher education. This year for the first time, we are initiating a Bursary at The Lake Huron Learning Centre for a mature female graduate who is proceeding on to higher learning.

CFUW is different from the other women’s groups in that it gives members the opportunity to do more than just one thing. You can make new friends, advocate on a variety of issues, socialize with like-minded women, engage in life-long learning and enjoy a feeling of empowerment linking women locally, nationally and internationally.

Our meetings include educational guest speakers focusing on current issues, fundraising activities, social outings and special interest groups such as Book Club, Mahjong and Breakfast Club.

Membership is open to any woman who supports the goals of CFUW. Through the years CFUW has grown to include over 100 clubs Canada-wide with over 9,000 members. For more information www.cfuwkincardine.com; www.cfuw.org or call Jane 519-396-6060.

 Submitted by Corabelle Danahy