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Eastern region industrial conference materials including schedules of events, talks, and programs, member statistics and demographics, statements from workers, discussion questions regarding race, employment, working conditions, civil liberties, and other matters, newsletters summarizing the conference, and more. Camp songs, dramas, and schedules can also be found in these materials. The conference materials reflect the issues faced by working girls during the time. These issues may include race relations, economic security, fair wages and working practices, formation of unions and organized labor, treatment of foreign workers, anti-antisemitism and other prejudices, and labor legislation. Also included are matters of club administration, analysis of program activities and methods, and conference preparation. Conference materials for 1938 and 1939 include summaries of discussions and lectures on the meaning of democracy, what democracy in America means for the workers, and how democracy compares to other systems of government.
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Industrial, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.