The Modern Records Centre holds the archives of the Young Women's Christian Association, which grew out of 'missions' to help working women founded in the 1850s. As the name of the organisation suggests, there was a strong religious grounding to much of the YWCA's welfare work, but the organisation was also involved in campaigns relating to education, physical wellbeing and other social issues. The YWCA archive includes reports, minutes, correspondence, illustrated magazines, ephemera, etc., relating to the work of the organisation and its members in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Archives relating to the Labour Church provide an alternative campaigning view on women's rights and the role of religion (mostly during the 1890s). In particular 'The Labour Prophet', the Christian Socialist group's illustrated journal, includes articles by prominent women members on political, economic and social activism and rights.
Bulletin written by Margaret Jane Menzies, a leading member of the Young Women's Christian Association. In this monthly letter she talks of the need for women, once married, to surrender their will to their husbands (as advised by Christian teaching).
Illustrated journal of the Young Women's Christian Association. Includes melodramatic short stories, articles about religion, travel, work, education, domestic skills and other subjects.
Illustrated journal aimed at a female working class audience. Despite the title, there is little about the actual experiences of the 'British workwoman' in the publication. Most of the contents focuses on the benefits of religion, sobriety, and being a good wife and mother - a message conveyed through a mix of dense melodramatic serials and short non-fiction articles.
Journal of the Catholic Women's Suffrage Society, established to promote the suffrage movement within the Catholic Church. This first issue includes an article by Alice Meynell, explaining the aims of the suffrage movement in general and of the Christian suffragists in particular, and a report of the Society's canvassing of the National Catholic Congress in 1914.
Illustrations of facilities at the new Young Women's Christian Association Institute Buildings, Liverpool, included in 'Our Own Gazette', vol.I, 1884.