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)
- 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
Highlighted bills we followed in 2017:
2017 Washington State :
- Enact WA HB 1116 & WA SB 5032 (Paid Family & Medical Leave Insurance);
- Pass WA HB 1474 (Healthy Starts Act - Formerly Pregnant Workers Fairness Act);
- Pass SB 5140 (Equal Pay & Opportunities), HB 1506 (Gender Pay Equity), HB 1533 (Wage & Salary Safety);
- Defeat WA HB 1011 (Allowing the use of gender-segregated facilities);
- Pass WA HB 1265 & WA SB 5093 (Exempting feminine hygiene product from retail sales and use tax);
- Pass WA HB 1000 & WA SB 5000 (Addressing use of deadly force by public officer or peace officer);
- Pass WA SB 5020 (Concerning certain state ethnic and cultural diversity commissions).
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".
Some Sites We Follow on Social Media:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org