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About 20 years ago, I caught the bug of policy work and realized the impact the impact of when we make change at the legislature, we're truly making population-based change. Having a full-time policy director at the YWCA is a game changer for women and children in our state. - Teresa

Utah Advocacy

YWCA Utah advocates for all women and girls in Utah. We a statewide voice for change on issues critical to the well-being of Utah women and girls. The Utah Women’s Well-Being Initiative guides our efforts on behalf of Utah women and girls in the areas of economic empowerment and stability, racial justice and civil rights, and health and safety.

YWCA Utah began the nonpartisan 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 YWCA’s first contribution, in collaboration with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, D.C. and a Utah Advisory Committee, is the research briefing Women’s Well-Being in Utah: An Overview, completed in March 2014. Read the full briefing.

National Advocacy

YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen communities. We’ve been at the forefront of the biggest issues of the day for 160 years: from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity and from violence prevention to health care reform. We carry on this long tradition of social action and advocacy to advance our mission — and you are a crucial part of this work. Your voice is critical as we advocate for policies that bring us closer to eliminating racism, empowering women, and ensuring peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Take action and be part of the national movement – see YWCA USA federal campaigns and petitions.

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