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Documents concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s policies and programs concerning employment for women. By the 1960's the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s focus in labor issues turns to matters of equal opportunity, equal pay and policies surrounding the treatment of women in the workplace. Letters of concern or support sent to politicians demonstrate the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s stance on laws and policies. Additional advocacy and education initiatives include a consultation to discuss issues and laws surrounding women in the workforce, public statements on legislation such as the Equal Pay Act, and the Vistas for Women project. Vistas for Women is a vocational guidance program for "mature women." The project advises women who are re-entering the workforce, changing careers or seeking new employment. The program values women as members of the workforce and uses forums and individual counseling to assist workforce entry. Vistas for Women documents include a total program report in addition to reports from participating community associations and a telegram from President Lyndon B. Johnson commending the program.
The records are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following accesptions: Portions of the physical papers are stored offsite. To access the microfilm reels and boxes 893-964 and 1061-1132, researchers must give two working days advance notice. Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.
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To the extent that it owns copyright, the YWCA of the U.S.A. has retained copyright of the records in this group; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. In all other cases, YWCA of the U.S.A. has authorized the Sophia Smith Collection to grant permission to publish reproductions or quotations on its behalf. For materials in the collection not created by YWCA of the U.S.A., researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them if reqired by law. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with the use of those materials.
Labor, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.