Today begins Women’s History Month. As one of the oldest women’s empowerment organizations in the nation, our history–as is all history–is rooted in the strength and power of women.
In the last two years, women have made tough decisions for their families and communities, stepping up and out to keep our country going in times of crisis. These decisions haven’t been made easier as we continue to lack adequate resources including universal family leave, childcare, and healthcare. Women have left the workforce in historic numbers, and, those that stayed, are often on the frontline positions, facing great risk to their health.
We have also seen reproductive rights challenged at the highest court, significant voter suppression legislation & laws limiting women’s voices at the ballot box, and the continued fight for federal dollars and support to keep women and families safe.
Yet, we have so much to celebrate including the reauthorization (FINALLY) of the Violence Against Women Act, a record number of women running and winning elected office, and the historic nomination (and hopefully appointment) of the first Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court.
This month, we ask that you take time to reflect on how your life has changed in the last two years and how it has impacted the women in your life. Here are some ways you can join us this month in support of women:
Join us (and YWCA’s across the country) and tell us our community and our WORLD is Better Because of Her! Join us on social media as we celebrate amazing women all month long! Use the hashtag #BetterBecauseofHer to follow along and share your stories.
In times of crisis throughout history, women have always been the ones to figure out how to juggle family, work & community support responsibilities. But, what is the cost to women’s career, physical and mental health? Let’s talk about it.
This Women’s History Month, join us for dinner & a #CourageousConversation with our community on Thursday, March 24 at 6:30 pm at the True Reformer Building (1200 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009).
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This year, YWCA National Capital Area is hosting the Stand Against Racism Challenge. Previously known as the 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge & developed by YWCA Greater Cleveland, the Stand Against Racism Challenge, which will run April 4 to May 2, is designed to give you dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership.
Have questions? Reach out to Sarah Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org.