Advocacy

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. How did it go? 

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 is Monday, October 8, at 5:30.

 

YWCA Olympia joins leaders
as 
Washington State signs
Paid Family & Medical Leave
into law on July 5th, 2017! 

 

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

YWCA Olympia 2019 State Legislative Priorities: COMING SOON!

YWCA USA 2018 Policy Priorities

To learn more or to join the Advocacy Committee:

One of our Initiatives: Workplace Equity Initiative (W.E.I.). Click to read more