The Thursday Afternoon Club was organized on October 11, 1894 as a literary club. A committee from the Thursday Club, organized in 1889, aided in the formation of the club. Unlike the Thursday Club, however, the Thursday Afternoon Club chose to meet in the afternoons so that women who were teachers could join. The purpose of the new club was for “mutual instruction and improvement by acquiring a more thorough acquaintance with general history and literature and topics of the day.”
The Thursday Afternoon Club joined other clubs in the Greenville area to federate as charter clubs of South Carolina Federated Women’s Club (SCFWC) in Seneca, SC, on June 16, 1898. The first convention of SCFWC was held in 1899 at Chester, South Carolina. The guest speaker was Mrs. Rebecca W. Lowe of Georgia, President of General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC). After her speech, SCFWC voted to become a member of GFWC. SCFWC was admitted to GFWC on July 29, 1899.
In 1990, in compliance with a request from GFWC, the South Carolina Federation of Women’s Clubs changed its name to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of South Carolina (GFWC-SC).