Official proceedings and digest of the Seventeenth National Convention of the Young Women's Christian Associations of the United States of America. As the first national convention since 1940 and since the end of World War II, the discussion and debate of the convention sessions look at work that was done during the war years and look ahead to what the post war world and nation will bring. Throughout these discussions the role of the organization and of Christian women is examined through the theme, "One world under god." Special addresses by guest speakers cover topics such as the implications of atomic warfare, education opportunities, and world politics as there is a continued interest in YWCA work in foreign countries and National Board work internationally. Representatives from several countries are invited to speak and report on conditions around the world. The adoption of resolutions and actions is conducted in business sessions throughout the convention and include the adoption of reports and constitutional amendments and voting on official stances on political and social matters. As with past conventions, the study of racism and interracial cooperation and efforts to implement recommendations is important and after discussions and reports from members, the Interracial Charter is adopted. Presentations and reports from groups including student, business and professional, industrial, Girl Reserve, health education and rural share with the convention delegates work being done in regards to their special interests. Convention actions are outlined in the appendix of the published proceedings. Special addresses and speeches are found in the convention digest following the proceedings.
Health education of women
World War, 1939-1945
Full employment policies
Women in the labor movement
Women in development
Leadership in women
Labor laws and legislation
Labor laws and legislation
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Conventions, seventeenth, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 1: Series 1; Series 2, Reel 36