2017 National Conference

Over the course of three days in June 2017, YWCA USA was joined by local associations from around the country for our annual Capitol Hill Day followed by our Women of Distinction Gala, which honored the achievements of extraordinary leaders who serve as role models for women and girls.

2017 Capital Hill Day

YWCA association leaders walking down hallway

YWCAs from around the country gathered in Washington, D.C. on June 15, 2017 for our annual Capitol Hill Day. YWCAs attended 212 Congressional visits throughout the day. Advocates spoke with legislators and staff about the importance of federal funding to support the communities YWCA serves, as well as the importance of quality, affordable, accessible healthcare. All issues that are close to the YWCA's mission to eliminate racism and empower women. You can join the YWCA by taking action today. Tell Congress to protect federal funding!

Women of Distinction Gala

YWCA leaders at 2017 National Conference

YWCA USA honored the achievements of extraordinary organizations and leaders who serve as role models for women and girls at the Women of Distinction Awards Gala on June 16, 2017.

This year's honorees included The National Domestic Workers Alliance for Advocacy, Nordstrom for Corporate Partnership, the New York City Council's Young Women's Initiative for Women's Empowerment and Charlene Carruthers for the Dorothy I. Height Racial Justice Award.

YWCA USA also recognized three local YWCA associations for their outstanding commitment to advancing YWCA's mission to eliminate racism and empower women. This year's Association Excellence Award winners were YWCA Rochester for Racial Justice, YWCA Greater Atlanta for Advocacy and YWCA Brooklyn for Women's Empowerment.

Melissa Harris Perry hosted the gala.

Check out more photos from our conference on our Flickr page.