The YWCA USA is celebrating 150 years of empowering women and girls and being in the forefront of advocating for critical social issues. Lending its rich history and legacy of accomplishments, the YWCA USA is focused on igniting a new generation of 22 million young women aged 18 to 34 to get involved with important issues facing women and the country today. This call to action focuses on many topics, including self-esteem and body image issues, HIV/AIDS, health care, quality childcare, gender equality and racial justice.
Issue Report: Beauty at any Cost
October 19 – 25, 2008
Enough: Week Without Violence
Targeted to young women and men, nationwide programs emphasis the need to get the facts and get involved.
November 24, 2008
National Press Club
Launch YWCA Sesquicentennial Anniversary and Own It Campaign. Build awareness, understanding and engagement on issues affecting women today.
Own It Campaign roll out
Issue Report: Violence Against Women
Issue Report: Health Care (focus on AIDS/HIV)
April 28 to May 3, 2009
YWCA USA Annual Conference & General Assembly
Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue
APRIL 30, 2009
YWCA Capitol Hill Day
MAY 1, 2009
YWCA Sesquicentennial Anniversary Gala
JW Marriott Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue
Issue Report: Racism
Issue Report: Economic Parity and Security
Issue Report: Final Summary Report and Press Event
ADDITIONAL 150th HIGHLIGHTS:
WHO’s WHO: A directory of Who’s Who in the YWCA’s rich past.
YWCA History Documentary: A broadcast quality documentary with sharing moving memories to engage us all in commemorating the rich history and legacy of the YWCA with a short version for training purposes.
National Oral History Collection: A collection of oral testimonials from YWCA leaders and luminaries across generations.
Persimmon Papers: A collection of original scholarly papers on issues impacting women and girls. Topics include economic parity, health disparity, self-image and self-worth, violence against women, access to health care and racial justice.