YWCA of Olympia Advocacy Committee


YWCA Olympia is on a mission to eliminate racism and sexism to advance the political, social and economic status of all women and girls. Therefore, we advocate for:

  • economic mobility and economic stability for all women;
  • freedom from racism and sexism; and
  • opportunities that allow all women and girls to reach their full potential.

In early 2018 the YWCA asked participants of the Economic Empowerment Program and recipients of Other Bank items ranked the issues that concern them the most.  Below are the top 10:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Medicaid
  • Equal Pay
  • Affordable Childcare
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
  • Enforcement of sick & family leave
  • Voting Rights
  • Women Infants and Children (WIC-Nutritional Program)

The Legislative Session is over and the YWCA Advocacy Committee used this list as a guideline to help the clients we serve tracking legislative bills reaching out to state and national legislators. See the results below.

YWCA Olympia Advocacy Priorities:

The 2018 Washington State Legislature is OPEN for a short 60-day session (an operating budget will not be passed).  The turnaround for bills to pass out of committee is coming up soon on February 2nd. We will be tracking bills that impact women, girls and people of color.  From pay equality to sexual harassment and other issues identified by those most impacted, we will advocate and invite you to join us. 

Meetings:    Our Advocacy Committee usually meets on the second Monday of the month and is open to the public. Our next meeting will be held on Monday, March 12 @ 5:30 (Held at the YWCA of Olympia, 220 Union Ave SE, Oly).


Stay tuned here for news of 2018 Equal Pay Day activities



YWCA Olympia joins leaders as
Washington State signs
Paid Family & Medical Leave
into law on July 5th! 















Advocacy: Let Your Voice Be Heard (YWCA-ICSEW)


YWCA Olympia 2017 State Legislative Priorities

Highlighted bills we followed in 2017:

2017 Washington State :

2017 Federal Priorities: YWCA USA 2017 Policy Priorities


The Human Rights Campaign has published their state-by-state Summary of LGBTQ Laws & Policies and State Equality Index. It's a comprehensive report that rates states and DC in six areas of law and assigns the states to one of four categories. Washington State is listed in the "Working Towards Innovative Equality". 






Stay Informed


Some Sites We Follow on Social Media:

Washington Work & Family Coalition

To learn more or to join the Advocacy Committee: 

Contact: Leatta Dahlhoff, YWCA of Olympia Advocacy Chair and/or

Cherie Reeves Sperr, YWCA of Olympia Community Engagement & Development Director at

YWCA Olympia Advocacy Committee Description