Watermark of the Olympia legislative building with a rose

About us

A history of service

Abbie Howard Hunt Stuart founded The Woman's Club of Olympia to improve the lives of women and to serve the community in 1883, six years before Washington became a State (history). The Woman's Clubhouse was built in 1908 and later named for Abbie Stuart. (clubhouse history)

As the only Woman's Club on the west coast run by a woman, this was a profound location that bravely ushered in change for the Olympia community. The suffrage movement was realized here.

Who we are

The Women's Club of Olympia is a non-profit, nondenominational, nonpartisan volunteer service organization.

Woman's Clubs are dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. As the first Woman's Club in the Pacific Northwest run by a woman, the Woman's Club of Olympia worked to bring the right to vote to women and still works today to empower women in the Olympia area.

The Woman's Club of Olympia is an affiliate of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, which transforms lives each day, not only with monetary donations but with hands-on tangible projects that provide immediate impact in local communities.

The Abigail Stuart House

The Abigail Stuart House was built in 1908 and is a registered historic building located in the heart of Olympia. It is used as the clubhouse for The Woman's Club of Olympia and can be rented by anyone in the community.

The main floor features a luxurious ballroom with parlor and a chef's kitchen. The second floor has a salon and an intimate dance studio.

The revenue generated from events is used to help the community by assisting The Woman’s Club of Olympia!

What we believe

As a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (Washington DC) since 1890, the Women's Clubs support the following community impact items:


Equal pay for equal work


Equal rights for women


Alcohol/Drug abuse education for women & youth


Pure Food and Drug Act


Conservation movement for 1st forest preserve

Mental Health

Youth suicide prevention


Eight-hour work week/Child labor laws


National model for juvenile courts

"We look for unity, but unity in diversity."

General Federation of Women's Club motto since 1901

Become a clubwoman today!