Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Ywca's Mission at 150, the Pittsburgh Chapter Still Opens Doors

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Ywca's Mission at 150, the Pittsburgh Chapter Still Opens Doors

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For 150 years, the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh has been a force for good. It's pushed the envelope on civil rights while helping the disadvantaged move beyond difficult times. The organization, which celebrates its sesquicentennial tonight with a gala Downtown, deserves an ovation.

As Magdeline Jensen, the organization's CEO, noted in a recent essay for the Post-Gazette, the YWCA's presence here dates to the post-Civil War period when a group of women met to sew and pray for Union soldiers. For women of that time, it was a rare step into the public sphere.

The YWCA ever since has done much to amplify the voices of women, afford them with new opportunities and support them along the way. That meant providing citizenship preparation services to women in the early 20th century, job skills during the Depression, housing when women gravitated to wartime factory jobs and, today, programs that recognize outstanding female professionals and encourage girls to pursue careers in science-related fields. …

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