Young Women’s Timeline

1869 

Cooperative Retrenchment Association organized by Brigham Young

1871

Organization is renamed as the Young Ladies Retrenchment Association

1877 

Name changes to Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association

1880 

First general conference for the Young Ladies National Mutual Improvement Association (YLNMIA)

1880

First general presidency of the YLNMIA with church-wide authority is organized

1886

Semi-annual training conferences for YLNMIA held at the time of general conference

1888

First annual June conference for young women organization is held

1889

First issue of Young Woman’s Journal published

1890

First General Young Women Conference held

1893

Tuesday night is designated as Mutual night

1899

Young Women traveling libraries begin

1904

Name shortened to Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association

1910

YWMIA, Relief Society, and Primary are housed in Bishop’s Building

1912

First Young Women camp is held

1915

Beehive Girls program organized for girls age 14 and above

1922

Gold and green become the official colors of the MIA

1925

Golden jubilee is held with YMMIA (Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association)

1928

Golden Gleaner group is organized for young women ages 18-23

1929

Begin a new camping program

1929

The Young Woman’s Journal is replaced by the Improvement Era (later named the New Era)

1930

New emphasis on music, dance, and performing arts

1932

Leaders give demonstration on accomplishments of women at the National Council of Women exhibit at the Century of Progress Fair in Chicago

1934 

Name changed to Young Women’s Mutual Improvement Association

1934

Twelve and thirteen year olds join YWMIA program

1937

The youth are organized into age groups

1943

Beehive is adopted as class symbol for youngest class of young women

1950 

Youngest class officially given the name of Beehives

1950

The middle age group first adopts the name Mia Maid

1950

The oldest age group adopts the name Junior Gleaners

1959

Junior Gleaners (ages 16-17) replaced by Laurels

1960

“Era of Youth” section of Improvement Era magazine is launched

1960 

Work on young women general board becomes a full-time Church assignment

1962

First worldwide youth conferences are held

1970-1980

President Harold B. Lee introduces correlation program

1971

New Era magazine is published for youth

1971

Personal Achievement program begins

1972

YWMIA and YMMIA are combined into new organization

1974

Name changed to Young Women Organization

1977

My Personal Progress program is introduced with first young womanhood medallion

1978

First General Women’s meeting held in the tabernacle

1980

Instruction for young women, which was typically held on a weekday, is now held on Sunday

1980

1,500 young women march in Church sesquicentennial celebration parade

1984

Wives of international area presidencies serve as general board representatives for Young Women, Relief Society, and Primary

1985

First young women satellite broadcast is held

1987

Young Women values, theme, motto, and logo are introduced

1988 

Young Women, Relief Society and Primary offices are housed in remodeled Relief Society Building

1989

New Personal Progress program launches, emphasizing spiritual growth and family relationships

1990

Church reaches international membership of one million young women between ages 12-18

1994

First general Young Women meeting, separate from Relief Society, is held

2002

Young Women Personal Progress program revised and new Young Womanhood recognition medallion introduced

2002

For the Strength of Youth pamphlet is revised

2002

Annual Mutual theme reinstated

2002

Words “strengthen home and family” added to Young Women theme

2004

Young Women section of the Church website LDS.org is launched

2008

The eighth value, “virtue” (gold), was added to Young Women value list

2014

General boards are announced to now contain members from around the world

Last Modified: April 8, 2016