•  Social Action and Advocacy are the cornerstones of the YWCA. Since our inception nearly 150 years ago, “service” has been linked to “action.” In communities across the United States, YWCAs continue to work to improve social and economic conditions for all people. As the nation’s oldest and largest national movement, the YWCA comprises over 300 local associations, regional leadership, and a national office in Washington D.C. - - who all work together, across the nation to strengthen our voices in the nation’s capital and in state and local governments.
  • The YWCA brings firsthand knowledge of how federal level policies and programs affect women and their families in communities across the country. Historically the YWCA has fought for issues such as the abolition of child labor, the 8-hour workday and desegregation.
  • Today, the YWCA carries on our long tradition of social action and advocacy to meet the twin goals of women's and girls' empowerment and racial justice