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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Eleanor Copenhaver Anderson, November 5, 1974. Interview G-0005. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Absorption of the YWCA under the banner of the YMCA

In this fascinating passage, Stille and Anderson disagree over the question of whether the YWCA will officially merge with the YMCA. Despite their disagreements however, both women explain how women's work and interests did become subsumed under the YMCA umbrella.

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Oral History Interview with Eleanor Copenhaver Anderson, November 5, 1974. Interview G-0005. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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ELEANOR COPENHAVER ANDERSON:
Well, they've given me an awful jolt. You don't know, we have a new county YMCA. They make a point of saying 'family YMCA'' But I don't know what they've done about race. I must look into that.
STILLE:
Well, I think they've come to it. I think they've had to. But I think also the YMCA will take over family and then it will take over women's work, when they're not qualified to do it. That's happened all the time. Happened when I was working in cities. Have clubs for girls. And have camps for girls.
ELEANOR COPENHAVER ANDERSON:
Oh, that's very strong now. When's the next convention? I don't know. They will merge though, certainly. Could be wrong.
STILLE:
I'm not sure. They haven't been able to get together in New York City and they've worked awfully hard on that.
ELEANOR COPENHAVER ANDERSON:
Well, Miss Stille is much closer to it than I, but the talk I get is that they certainly are going to merge.
STILLE:
Well, the talk I get is they certainly aren't.