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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

The Dangers of Strangulation: New Protocol Will Help Save Lives

Monday, June 3, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 3, 2019 Media Contact: Sergeant Brandon Shearer 801.799.3352 or brandon.shearer@slcgov.com Media Contact: Amberlie Phillips 801-537-8614 or aphillips@ywcautah.org   The Dangers of Strangulation New Protocol Will Help Save Lives   Salt Lake City, UT: Each year, approximately 80 Utah children are present at the murder or attempted murder of their mothers and… Continue Reading The Dangers of Strangulation: New Protocol Will Help Save Lives

Heather Dopp Mom Congress Maternal Mental Health Utah

Heather’s Maternal Mental Health Advocacy Story

Friday, May 24, 2019

By YWCA Utah Director of Public Policy Erin Jemison   Heather Dopp’s story helped secure funding from the Utah Legislature for the first-ever state investment in maternal mental health services. Heather’s returned from Washington, D.C.’s Mom Congress, an event bringing Moms and those who support them from across the country to talk to federal policymakers… Continue Reading Heather’s Maternal Mental Health Advocacy Story

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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