Cincinnati Women's Christian Association

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The Cincinnati Women's Christian Association was a precursor to the Young Women's Christian Association. Founded in 1868, the Women's Christian Association hoped to instruct young, single women in "temporal, moral, and religious welfare." It targeted women living in poverty, hoping to provide these women with the means to live moral and productive lives. To assist the women, the Women's Christian Association established a boardinghouse for women. It provided the women with room and board at a nominal fee. Most women could not afford to rent apartments or homes due to the poor wages that they received. The Women's Christian Association helped these women to support themselves and to maintain their dignity. The boardinghouse also included a chapel and library. Organizers also helped their tenants find employment. In 1894, the Women's Christian Association formally joined the Young Women's Christian Association.

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