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

YWCA Utah is a leading voice for advocacy and empowerment. Our public policy work recognizes the need to make systemic changes to improve the lives of all marginalized people. Our public policy agenda centers racial and gender equity in affordable housing, childcare, domestic and sexual violence, mental health, and reproductive justice.  

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.

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YWCA Utah’s 2023 Policy Priority Areas



On The Blog

Governor Cox’s Declaration of February as Maternal Mental Health Month

Friday, February 3, 2023

  Press Release: Salt Lake City, UT – State and community leaders will gather on February 9that 12:00 PM at the Utah State Capitol in the Capitol Board Room to announce Governor Cox’s Declaration of February 2023 as Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month.Survivor moms, maternal mental health providers, advocates, and state and federal leaderswill highlight the importance of… Continue Reading Governor Cox’s Declaration of February as Maternal Mental Health Month

Child Advocacy Day on the Hill

Friday, February 3, 2023

    On January 27th, parents, educators, students, and supporters of child care gathered on Capitol Hill to advocate in favor of affordable, and quality child care. Child care is an important part of all families lives as parents balance both a work and home life. Those who provide child care also play an important… Continue Reading Child Advocacy Day on the Hill

Click the hyperlinks within the bill tracker below to learn more about bills on our policy priorities, our process of tracking them, and the current status of each.

2023 Policy Priority Bill Tracker

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