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Elizabeth Hayes Turner

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195086881

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195086881.001.0001

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The YWCA and Wage-Earning Women

The YWCA and Wage-Earning Women

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Women, Culture, and Community

Elizabeth Hayes Turner

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the contribution of the Young Women's Christian Association to make earning wages possible for women. The YWCA was the last major white women's organization to emerge in the Progressive Era. It carried women activists in a new direction: towards the need for young working women. It brought protection especially to single working women. It shielded working girls from the dangers of city life. It also offered a variety of social and cultural outlets for young women. However, it did not include blacks. Jews and Catholics were eligible for membership though they did not have the right to join the board of directors. But it is important to remember that the opening of the YWCA doors was accomplished by the women's progressive community. It offered services to all white women, focusing on them and their needs like no other association at that time had done.

Keywords:   YWCA, Young Women's Christian Association, Progressive Era, women activists, working women, blacks, progressive community, white women

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