Juanita Martin Bryant recently became president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. The Yadkin County native began her volunteer service in 1953 and now heads an organization with over ten million members in forty six countries. Bryant lives in the GFWC's presidential home in Washington, D.C., but she rarely gets to spend time there. Instead, she is constantly traveling the world attending to federation business that ranges from sweatshop reform, supporting the Marshall Plan, promoting adult education, and encouraging the restoration of Independence Hall. Bryant has traveled to such places as Cambodia, Guam, Taiwan, Bangladesh, and Saudi Arabia, and averages a sixteen-hour workday. She has also served the state as regional director for the North Carolina School of the Arts, been a member of the North Carolina Historical Commission, and served on the Governor's Commission on Education.