Advocacy

YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. As one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for more than 150 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. We carry on this long tradition of social action and advocacy to advance our critical mission – and you are a crucial part of this agenda. Together, let’s continue to work towards eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Learn more about our policy priorities below!

RACIAL JUSTICE & CIVIL RIGHTS

End Racial Profiling and Criminalization of People of Color
We must eliminate policies and practices, like racial profiling, that criminalize people of color and other marginalized communities.

Support Girls of Color Who Are Trauma Survivors
Girls of color who have experienced trauma must have improved access to community resources for trauma survivors, including in the education and juvenile justice systems.

Support the United Nation’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Goals
We will work together with our global sisterhood of YWCAs to end all forms of discrimination against women and girls everywhere, and ensure women and girls’ full and effective leadership participation at all levels of political, economic, and public life.

EMPOWERMENT AND ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT

Improve Women’s Economic Security by Expanding Access to Sick, Safe, and Family Leave
Women should never have to choose between their job and their health or loved ones. Every worker deserves job-protected safe leave, and paid sick and family leave.

Remove Childcare and Housing Barriers to Women’s Workplace Participation
Improving access to quality affordable childcare and housing helps promote successful workplace participation for women, especially women of color.

HEALTH & SAFETY

Promote Federal Legislation to Support Survivors of Gender-Based Violence
We will help ensure the continuation of federal legislation like the Violence Against Women Act and the Victims of Crime Act, and support new legislation that promotes safety.

Improve Maternal Health Outcomes for Women of Color
We must address racial health disparities by reducing maternal mortality rates and improving maternal health outcomes for women of color.

Ensure Access to Quality, Affordable Health Care for Women and Girls
The healthcare infrastructure currently provided by the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare, state health insurance programs, and reproductive health service providers must remain strong and viable in order to support women and families.