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YWCA Utah advocates for women and girls in Utah. We are a statewide voice for change on issues critical to the well-being of Utah women and girls. We have the only full-time policy person in the state devoted to women’s issues and addressing inequities. Our DIrector of Public Policy Erin Jemison works with statewide partners and legislators to make policies that benefit all Utah women and girls.

The Utah Women’s Policy Conference will be August 23-24, 2018 in Salt Lake City. Stay tuned for updates.

Utah Women's Policy Conference

2018 Policy Priorities

Economic Empowerment and Stability for Women and Girls

  • Expand leave options (paid and unpaid) for women who need or want to work.
  • Ensure access to high quality, affordable childcare and early childhood education.
  • Reduce wage discrimination and work toward pay parity.
  • Support tax benefits for working families.

Racial Justice & Civil Rights for Women and Girls of Color

  • Contribute to criminal and juvenile justice reform efforts, including education policies that support girls of color.
  • Reduce violence against individuals who are targeted as members of a protected class.
  • Address workplace discrimination, with specific attention to issues impacting women of color.

Health and Safety for Women and Girls

  • Ensure access to healthcare for all women and girls in Utah.
  • Expand and improve resources to support women’s and girls’ mental health.
  • Work with the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition (UDVC) to ensure availability of comprehensive victim services and effective offender accountability systems.

Was this “The Year of the Woman” at the Utah Legislature?

Read about what grade YWCA Utah Director of Public Policy gave the Utah Legislature in 2018  this Deseret News op-ed.

Please contact YWCA Utah Director of Public Policy Erin Jemison at ejemsion@ywcautah.org with policy questions.