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The Home-Made Girl

 1905 — Northeast Federation of Women’s Clubs, Boston MA


 . . . we should not permit ourselves to be rescued by the would-be deliverers of our race who would place the upbuilding of our womanhood anywhere outside the sacred precincts of the home . . .

The home is the oldest of all institutions. It is the first one that God ever established, and womanhood has no greater title and higher goal than marriage.



Source: YWCA of the City of New York, Thirty-Fifth Annual Report (New York, 1906), p. 43.


Also: African American Women and Christian Activism: New York’s Black YWCA, 1905-1945, by Judith Weisenfeld, (Cambridge: Harvard University Press), 1997,  p. 82.