YWCA Policy Statements

Since 1868, the YWCA has been providing early childhood programs for millions of children across the United States. The YWCA supports quality, affordable and accessible early childhood education that assists adults in moving toward economic independence and provides children with culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate activities that enable them to succeed in school and in life.

The YWCA supports initiatives to increase the income of women, including policies that raise the minimum wage, protect overtime, strengthen equal pay, maintain the earned income tax credit, oppose the privatization of Social Security, and expand non-traditional training for women from all socioeconomic and racial backgrounds

The YWCA supports an anti-poverty approach to welfare reform that increases education and training opportunities, opposes marriage promotion/incentives, opposes religious discrimination in hiring, restores benefits to legal immigrants, addresses barriers to self-sufficiency such as domestic violence and substance abuse, and provides affordable and accessible childcare.

YWCA supports a strong health care safety net that includes Medicaid, Medicare and State Health Insurance programs and ensures healthcare is available to all. The YWCA also strongly supports comprehensive health care for women that includes reproductive healthcare.

The YWCA supports anti-violence policies that protect victims, hold perpetrators accountable, and work to eradicate sexual assault and domestic violence, trafficking of women and girls, and dating violence. Specifically, we support the continuance and full funding for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and legislation that ensures employment stability and economic security for victims of violence against women. .

The YWCA supports policies that contribute to the elimination of racism. This includes, but is not limited to, policies that eliminate racial profiling, increase immigrant rights, retain and strengthen affirmative action, reduce hate crimes and provide education on racism and its elimination.