Documents concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A. Business and Professional summer conferences in the eastern (Kiskiminetas) region of the YWCA of the U.S.A. Regional conferences bring together employed girls and women with common interest to unify them in their work, provide training and education, convey the national program and method and encourage fellowship beyond one's usual circles. Conference materials give an overview of events of the eastern area conferences. In addition, materials include data concerning the persons attending, where they come from, their jobs, and additional participant information. Minutes and reports outline the schedule including lectures, committee meetings, discussion groups, and recreational activities. Narrative summaries of committee meetings summarize discussions from committees such as public affairs, conference planning and international. Overall, conference lectures cover wide range of topics including economics, the United States' relation to other countries, working conditions, interracial efforts and social and religious growth. Early conferences have a focus on employment issues and the economic situation. As World War II approaches the focus on international relations increases, continuing in the years after the war.
Business and professional women
Women in the labor movement
Leadership in women
Discrimination in employment
Women foreign workers
Cost and standard of living
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Business and professional women, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 1: Series 1; Series 2, Reel 19