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Ruth Frances Woodsmall

association executive.

Ruth Frances Woodsmall, American association executive. Member executive and research coms. Modern Missions Movement; member National Council Pacific Relations, American Association U. Women. Kappa Alpha Theta, Phi Beta Kappa.


Woodsmall, Ruth Frances was born on September 20, 1883 in Atlanta. Daughter of Harrison and Mary (Howes) Woodsmall.


Graduate work Columbia and Heidelberg.


Began career as principal Ouray (Colorado) High School, 1906. Teacher German and English in high schools Reno, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Colorado, to 1916. Traveled in Orient, 1916-1917.

Director Hostess House, Young Women’s Christian Association, Camp Pike Arkansas, 1917-1918, in France, 1918-1919, Coblentz. Germany, 1919; field surveys for Young Women’s Christian Association. in Balkan and Baltic States, 1919-1920, social survey of Constantinople, executive secretary in Turkey and Syria, secretary Eastern Mediterranean Federation, 1920-1928. Engaged in study of changing status of Moslem women in the Near East, the Middle East and India, Rockefeller Foundation fellow, 1928-1930.

Member Laymen’s Foreign Missions Inquiry, fact finder on women’s interests and activities. In India and appraisal commission, 1930-1932. Also member Commision on Christian Education in Japan, International Missionary Council, 1931.

On nat. staff Young Women’s Christian Association in the United States, as interpreter in international relations, New York, 1932-1935. General secretary World’s Young Women’s Christian Association Council, Geneva, Switzerland, 1935-1947. Chief women’s affairs Office of Public Affairs, United States High Common for Germany, 1949-1952.

Study Role of Women in Near E., International Federation Business and Professional Women under grant Ford Foundation 1954-1955. Study Role of Women in Far E., Middle E. Institute under grant Ford Foundation, 1956-1957.


  • Author: Eastern Women Today and Tomorrow, 1933. Moslem Women Enter a New World, 1936. Role of Women, Their Activities and Organizations in Lebanon.

    Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Syria, 1955. Role of Women in the Moslem East and India, 1959. Women and the New East, 1960.

    Collaborated on various books. Lecturer international relations.


Member executive and research coms. Modern Missions Movement. Member National Council Pacific Relations, American Association U. Women.

Kappa Alpha Theta, Phi Beta Kappa.


Harrison Woodsmall

Mary (Howes) Woodsmall