Special addresses and ceremonies and Convention Committee documents for the Twentieth National Convention of the Young Women's Christian Associations of the United States of America. The Convention Committee is formed following each convention to plan the next one. They discuss and assess previous conventions, take comments and requests from local associations regarding desired content and business, arrange special guests, and organize the format. Following convention, the committee evaluates the convention content and organization. As the YWCA is celebrating its centennial anniversary as a world Christian women's movement addresses, services, and dramatizations reflect on the past, the changing role of women, and the work to be done in the future. Speeches concern the role of Christianity in the world, the meaning of being a woman, anxiety in the atomic age, social and demographic changes in the United States, and building an inclusive movement. These speeches and convention proceedings are summarized in the June 1955 issue of "YWCA Magazine" reproduced following the speeches.
Congresses and conventions
Moral and ethical aspects
Church and social problems
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Conventions, twentieth, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
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