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In 1855 in London out of a concern for the spiritual and physical needs of young women in a society that was rapidly becoming industrialized Miss Emma Roberts and Mrs. Arthur Kincaid launched what has now become the Young Women's Christian Association. It is the oldest women's organization now in existence. In 1858 the activities were extended to New York and since that time its growth has been rapid. Under its aegis are girls and women of every race, creed, color, and economic status. In the United States 75% of the members are under 25 years of age. The Y. W. C. A. pioneered in meeting the needs of young women for decent living quarters and decent work. Outgrowths of the movement include the National Travelers Aid Association, women's exchanges, day nurseries, the International Migration Service, the American Federation of International Institutes, and the National Federation of Business and Professional
Y.W. C.A. CENTENNIAL. JAMA. 1954;156(11):1085. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950110047018