chapter  6
Mountain Grove Sorosis Club Speech, 1936
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Wilder was an active or founding member of several women’s organizations in and around Mansfield. Women’s clubs flourished in rural communities, expanding opportunities for social interaction, community service, and personal development. In 1936, Wilder gave a speech to the Mountain Grove Sorosis Club-a women’s club dedicated to professional development-in which she directly addressed her motivation for writing, her personal values, her writing process, and the satisfaction she derived from her work.