This program, from the Young Women’s Christian Association, outlines the National Board of the YWCA’s program of work for girls, which was created through its War Work Council. The program includes a list of responsibilities, budget, work locations and recruiting information.
The first Association in the U.S. for the YWCA, the Ladies Christian Association was formed in New York City in 1858. The name “YWCA” was first used in Boston, Mass in 1866. In 1918, the YWCA was the first organization to send professional workers overseas. These workers supported the U.S. Armed Forces and provided administrative leadership.
The YWCA is one of the largest women’s organizations in the world. Throughout the history of the YWCA they have been an organization involved in major movements in the United States as a pioneer in race relations, and also the empowerment of women. The YWCA advocates for peace, justice and human rights.
How do women contribute to national issues?
Check for Understanding
Summarize the main idea of this program and explain the role of women during World War I.
Research a local YWCA group in your state. Summarize the history behind the local branch and describe current programs that are in place.
English Language Arts: Write a newspaper article that discusses the importance of the programs started by the YWCA.