The World YWCA was founded through the convergence of a social activist Lady Mary Jane Kinnaird and the committed Christian Emma Robarts. Mary Jane Kinnaird, born in 1816, was a philanthropist committed to young women’s well being. The YWCA was also active early in the 20th century promoting women's access to healthcare and health education. In 1913 the YWCA debuted a Commission on Social Morality, and the group taught sex education, usually under the names "social education" or "social morality." The YWCA promoted frank discussion of sex in order to prepare young women to protect themselves from venereal disease, unwanted pregnancy, and prostitution, and they worked with the War Department during World War I, lecturing on sex education. The artist of this poster, Adolph Treidler was born in Westcliff, Colorado, and studied at the California School of Design. During World War I he designed numerous Liberty Loan and recruiting posters. During World War II he served as Chairman of the Pictorial Publicity Committee for the Society of Illustrators.
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