Documents concerning weekend area conferences of YWCA of the U.S.A. Business and Professional Women in Texas-Louisiana, the Tri-State area (North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota), Virginia and West Virginia. Weekend conferences are held between regional conferences to bring together Business and Professional clubs from a state or smaller region and connect on current issues and program. Minutes, reports, and newsletters give an overview of the events and themes of the conferences. Weekend conferences unify Business and Professional clubs, conduct business and elect officers, plan for upcoming conferences and report on local association work. In addition, conferences include lecturers and discussion groups concerning the issues faced by women, specifically employed women. Matters of economics, both personal and global, are often discussed especially in light of the changing employment and financial situations. In addition, the conferences have an international focus as the world approaches World War II. Conference materials also reveal discussions on racism and discrimination in the club and at work, political activity, and social awareness. Several conference reports include summaries and reports on Cause and Cure of War conferences. Planning materials reveal difficulties in the logistics of hosting and organizing an integrated conference. Miscellaneous materials appear at the end of the microdex and concern matters regarding the National Business and Professional groups. Materials include a handbook for conducting a conference, reports on regional conferences, and a 1924 report on the position of the Business and Professional group in the YWCA of the U.S.A.
Business and professional conferences
Women in the labor movement
Leadership in women
Cost and standard of living
Labor laws and legislation
Discrimination in employment
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Business and professional conferences, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 1: Series 1; Series 2, Reel 20