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Education and Advocacy

Public Policy

Utah's legislative session began January 23! Our Public Policy Director, Erin Jemison, will be at the Capitol for the legislative session focusing on YWCA Utah's advocacy priorities for 2017:

  • Economic Empowerment and Security for Women and Girls
  • Racial Justice & Civil Rights for Women and Girls of Color
  • Health and Safety for Women and Girls
Learn more and sign up for YWCAdvocacy Connect to stay current about YWCA Utah policy advocacy.

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LISTEN and BELIEVE what people tell you about the challenges they experience.

EDUCATE yourself about racial and gender disparities, and pay attention to the impact of current and proposed policies and practices on these disparities.

SPEAK UP when you observe injustice and underrepresentation (including calling attention to situations where women and people of color are absent in the workplace, in public office, in the media, etc.).

CONNECT with friends and colleagues who care about these issues, and seek new connections regularly.


YWCA membership demonstrates your commitment to women’s equality and racial justice, and specifically furthers leadership development activities as well as issue education and public policy advocacy through the Utah Women’s Well-Being Initiative

The Well-Being of Women in Utah

The YWCA Utah began the Utah Women’s Well-Being Initiative in May 2013 to respond more effectively to persistent challenges Utah women face. The purpose of the initiative is to strengthen the well-being of Utah women across important dimensions of their lives through research, education, collaboration, and public policy – so that women flourish, their families and communities thrive, and Utah prospers.

The initiative’s first project, in collaboration with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, D.C., is a research briefing entitled Women’s Well-Being in Utah: An Overview and published in March 2014. Read more...


Status of Women in the States: 2015

The YWCA Utah recently partnered with the highly respected Institute for Women's Policy Research to produce a research briefing entitled The Well-Being of Women in Utah: An Overview, which was released in May 2014.  It was a significant step in the YWCA's long-term goal to play a more active and influential role in advancing the well-being of Utah women in key dimensions of their lives. Read more...

Racial Justice

The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism by helping to create a kind, affirming, nonviolent community that welcomes adults and children of every race and ethnicity; offers culturally competent programs and services; and works inside and outside the YWCA to:

• advocate for equal access to the goods, services, and opportunities of society
• challenge negative assumptions about the abilities, motives, and intentions of others based upon their race and ethnicity
• condemn discriminatory actions toward others because of their race and ethnicity
• give positive messages about everyone’s abilities and intrinsic worth
• acknowledge and educate about white privilege
• connect with thoughtful allies who support the YWCA mission and values
• educate about any disproportionate/differential effects of racism on women
Additional Resources
• Levels of Racism: A Theoretic Framework and a Gardner’s Tale by Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD
• White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
Important Community Partners
• Salt Lake City Office of Diversity and Human Rights www.slcgov.com/odhr
• Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office of Diversity Affairs www.diversity.slco.org
• Inclusion Center www.inclusioncenter.org