Documents concerning participation by proxy at the Fourteenth National Convention of the Young Women's Christian Associations of the United States of America. For junior members of the YWCA of the U.S.A., the only representatives at convention are the local junior members and adult leaders of groups from around the country. For the Fourteenth Convention, in order to get representation from more junior members, fifty associations were chosen to discuss and report on the topics of education and vocation, personal problems, public affairs, recreation and leisure time, religion, and YWCA help. These reports and accounts were then used in the discussions at convention. Issues raised by the girls include a desire for more independence, the threat of war and international concerns, racism and discrimination, education opportunities, job opportunities, family relationships, boy-girl relationship, religious education and guidance, and recreation facilities and opportunities for all. Selected associations include those with African American memberships and African American branches to include their experiences and participation in the YWCA of the U.S.A. Reports include summaries of discussions as well as quotes from the girls participating.
African American girls
African American women
Women college students
High school girls
Family life education
African American girls
Church and social problems
1 partial reel
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Conventions, fourteenth, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 1: Series 1; Series 2, Reel 32