Y.W.C.A.

Genevan 1928 Mcartney Library  Geneva College

Genevan 1928 Mcartney Library Geneva College

The Y.W.C.A is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1907 in New York.  This organization focuses on both social and economic issues with its roots founded in Christian values.  Earlier groups similar to Y.W.C.A. were founded as far back as the 1850s, but later all groups merged to become the Y.W.C.A.  The first Pittsburgh Y.W.C.A. was founded in 1867 and focused mainly on housing and employment when first established.  Many of the women who ran the Y.W.C.A. were women in the middle class, working class and trained social workers.

In the 1920s, there was a disconnect between the Y.M.C.A. and the Y.W.C.A., in which the Y.M.C.A. questioned the women leading the Y.W.C.A. and their values. With women becoming “flappers” and experimenting with “petting” and smoking, caused the Y.M.C.A. to question the Christian values that the Y.W.C.A. women based their foundation in.  By focusing on a “family unit” and saying that “women want to do their own thinking”, was basically a jab at the Y.M.C.A. for questioning the Y.W.C.A. and their values.  This was the beginning of the feud between the Y.W.C.A. and the Y.M.C.A.

This photograph is from the 1928 Genevan Yearbook containing the officers of Geneva College’s Y.W.C.A. as well as the members.  This page also contains a small summary of the events that the group has held, like the “Thousand Mile Walk” and the Halloween Dance.  But also that this year’s group was successful in promoting friendship and religious fellowship on campus.

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