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Informed by our 165-year history and by the expertise of our nationwide network, YWCA is carrying on its long tradition of social action and advocacy to advance our mission. Since our inception, YWCA’s nearly 194 local associations in 45 states and the District of Columbia have been on the frontlines of more than 1,200 communities providing child care, safety from gender-based violence, housing and other programs and services to as many as 1 million women, girls and families in a typical year. Today, with our mission and communities in mind, YWCA advocates at the federal, state, and local levels for practical solutions that meet the needs of women, girls, and marginalized communities that bring us closer to eliminating racism, empowering women, and ensuring peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Your voice is a crucial part of this work.


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Federal Legislative Priorities: 118th Congress

In this moment of ongoing economic uncertainty and compounding social challenges facing our nation, YWCA is driving an inclusive agenda to address the underlying gender equity and racial justice tensions that are deeply embedded in our nation.

We are calling on members of Congress to act on the following health, economic, safety, and racial justice priority areas:

YWCA Federal Legislative Priorities Strengthen YWCA Programs And Services

Strengthen YWCA programs and services

  • Safety from gender-based violence
  • Child Care
  • Federal Budget & Appropriations
  • Strengthening the Nonprofit Sector’s Impact
YWCA Federal Legislative Advance Racial Justice And Gender Equity

Advance racial justice and gender equity

  • Racial Justice
  • Reproductive Justice & Abortion Access
  • Women’s Economic Security

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