Social Action and Advocacy are the cornerstones of all YWCA associations. Since the YWCA’s inception almost 150 years ago, “service” has been linked to “action.” In communities across the United States, YWCA’s continue to work to improve social and economic conditions for all people. As the nation’s oldest and largest national movement, the YWCA is composed of over 200 local associations and a national office in Washington D.C. – all working to strengthen our voices in the nation’s capital and in state and local governments.
The YWCA brings first-hand knowledge of how federal level policies and programs affect women, girls and their families in communities across the country. Historically the YWCA has fought for issues such as the abolition of child labor, pay equity, the eight-hour workday and desegregation.
Today, the YWCA carries on a long tradition of social action and advocacy to meet the twin goals of women and girl’s empowerment and racial justice.