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Documents concerning the national public affairs programs of the YWCA of the U.S.A. Public affairs programs, recommended by the National Public Affairs Committee of the YWCA of the U.S.A., outline social, political and economic issues that the YWCA of the U.S.A. commits to addressing at a national and local level. The program emphases released in summary reports include reasons why they are selected, how the issue should be addressed and goals of the programs. In 1964 a voter registration program is implemented as part of the public affairs program. Handbooks and guides include tools and resources for implementing a voter registration program and encouraging all women to register and vote. In order to encourage engagement in the public affairs programs, the Public Affairs Committee sponsors seminars in Washington DC to explore important topics and share practical guidelines for action. These seminars are documented in programs, reports and newsletters. Additional public affairs documents include lists of official National Board of the YWCA of the U.S.A. public affairs actions, official resolutions, an abortion laws study guide, clippings and reports.
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Public affairs, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.