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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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On The Blog

Maternal Mental Health in Utah

Thursday, December 15, 2022

  In the past couple of years, awareness around the significance on maternal mental health has increased in ways that has shifted people’s understanding of what healthcare looks like for mothers and all parents. In the state of Utah in particular, we have seen the introduction of two amendments covering maternal mental health. These amendments… Continue Reading Maternal Mental Health in Utah

Speech: YWCA Utah’s Director of Public Policy on gun violence

Friday, November 11, 2022

Our Director of Public Policy, Gabe Archuleta, joined the Gun Violence Prevention Center of Utah, and other leaders, in a Daffodil planting event; 444 Daffodils were planted to honor the 444 lives lost to gun violence in Utah in 2021. Gun violence is a widespread issue that impacts all of us, especially women facing domestic… Continue Reading Speech: YWCA Utah’s Director of Public Policy on gun violence

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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