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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

YWCA Utah advocates for all women and girls in Utah. We are 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 empowerment and economic advancement, racial justice and civil rights, and health and safety. We work with statewide partners, legislators, and advocates to make policies that benefit all Utah women and girls.

YWCA Utah 2019 Policy Priority Areas


Empowerment &
Economic Advancement for Women and Girls


Racial Justice & Civil Rights for Women and Girls of Color


Health & Safety 

for Women and Girls

Tier 1

Advocate for work-family support policies for women who need or want to work outside the home.

Advocate for education and juvenile justice policies that are trauma-informed and prioritize safety and support for all children, with a particular focus on girls of color.

Advocate for policies that enhance mental health resources across the state, especially for women and their families.

Tier 2

Contribute to policies that move all women toward pay parity and long-term economic stability.

Contribute to policy efforts that protect and support immigrant and refugee women, children, and families.

Contribute to policies that ensure access to comprehensive, high quality, and affordable healthcare for all women and girls in Utah, with an emphasis on addressing health disparities for women of color.

Tier 3

Support policies that remove barriers and increase access to affordable housing for women and their families.

Support policies that address workplace discrimination of all kinds, including those targeting women of color.

Support policies that enhance safety and support trauma-informed services for survivors of domestic violence and their children.

Policy priorities are informed by the YWCA Utah Public Policy Committee, YWCA member feedback, YWCAdvocacy Connect policy survey responses,  and The Well-Being of Women in Utah Fact Sheet, which we will continue to publish annually with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

Learn more and advocate for policies that benefit all Utah women and girls.

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 2019 Fact Sheet presented at the second annual Utah Women’s Policy Conference on August 15, 2019, follows up on last year’s report and the YWCA’s 2014 briefing, also published in conjunction with Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, DC.


Questions? Please contact YWCA Utah Director of Public Policy Erin Jemison at ejemison@ywcautah.org.