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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.

Utah Women’s Well-Being

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 Well-Being of Women in Utah in 2018 Fact Sheet presented at the first-ever Utah Women’s Policy Conference on August 23, 2018, follows up the YWCA’s 2014 briefing, also published in conjunction with Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, DC. This report highlights gains Utah women and girls have seen in the past four years, as well as areas where they continue to struggle or have lost ground.

The YWCA’s first contribution, in collaboration with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and a Utah Advisory Committee, is the research briefing Women’s Well-Being in Utah: An Overview published in March 2014.

YWCA Ongoing Research Contributions

Utah Women’s Postsecondary Education Recommendations – December 2018

Utah Women in Higher Education: A Progress Report – March 2018

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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