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Thu, 05.15.1919

The Women’s Service Club (Boston) is Founded

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*The founding of the Women's Service Club is celebrated on this date in 1919. This organization was formed to support soldiers of color fighting in World War I.

Founded in Boston, MA., hundreds of women joined the group, donating their talents to produce scarves and gloves for Black servicemen. Their building was purchased in 1919 and operated as a part-meeting space and part-settlement house. "A Home Away from Home," as some described it, the building offered affordable shelter to female workers, migrants, and college students barred from on-campus housing due to racist policies.

One of the club's most prominent members was Melnea Cass, who served as its President for more than fifteen years. Cass initiated the Homemakers Training Program, which certified domestic workers for a livable minimum wage, social security, and other benefits. The club continues to do great work but could use the funding to restore the landmark building!

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The sale began-young girls were there, Defenseless in their wretchedness, Whose stifled sobs of deep despair Revealed their anguish and distress. And Mothers stood with streaming eyes, And saw their dearest children... THE SLAVE AUCTION by Frances E. W. Harper.
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