The Chautauqua Women’s Club was organized in 1899 for literary, education and religious purposes and continues to provide a variety of programming, including the Contemporary Issues Forum, Contemporary Issues Dialogues and the Professional Women’s Network.

The club’s philanthropic endeavors include scholarships for students in the fine and performing arts programs at Chautauqua Institution. In 2013 the CWC provided 62 scholarships in the amount of $70,000.