Advocate & Take Action

Social Action and Advocacy are the cornerstones of the YWCA movement. As one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for over 150 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform.

We need YOU to join us and keep us ON A MISSION! Together, we must continue to work towards eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

To strengthen our voices in the nation’s capital and in state and local governments, we work closely with the YWCA’s national office in Washington D.C. and other local YWCAs across the country. Our current advocacy priorities include:

Racial Justice & Civil Rights

End Racial Profiling and Criminalization of People of Color
Support Girls of Color Who Are Trauma Survivors
Support the United Nation’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Goals

Empowerment & Economic Advancement

Improve Women’s Economic Security by Expanding Access to Sick, Safe, and Family Leave
Remove Childcare and Housing Barriers to Women’s Workplace Participation

Health & Safety

Promote Federal Legislation to Support Survivors of Gender-Based Violence
Improve Maternal Health Outcomes for Women of Color
Ensure Access to Quality, Affordable Health Care for Women and Girls

To learn more about these priorities, visit the YWCA USA Advocacy page.