Women of Color Lighting the Way to Equality

Thursday, September 17th, 2020
7:00 - 8:30 pm
On Zoom

Join us for "Women of Color Lighting the Way to Equality in New Bedford and Beyond," an online panel discussion showcasing the rich legacy of civic engagement of women, especially women of color and young adults. Headlined by Dr. Premilla Nadasan, Professor of History at Barnard College and OAH Distinguished Lecturer, and featuring local civically engaged female panelists, this discussion will highlight the ways that women of color have historically organized to address inequity for women, and how they continue to address issues of class, race, and other oppressions. Be inspired to exercise your rights to be an informed and engaged community member, citizen, and voter. This event is free but registration is required. Register at
"Women of Color #LightingTheWayToEquality in New Bedford and Beyond" is presented by the New Bedford Whaling Museum and YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts. Support comes from “The Vote: A Statewide Conversation on Voting Rights,” which is a special initiative of Mass Humanities that includes organizations around the state and is made possible by Mass Cultural Council.
Please email Jordan Latham at or call (508) 999-3255 for more information.
Updated SEMA Town Hall Flyer

Regional Town Hall on Early Education and Care

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
6:30 – 8:00 pm
On Zoom

Child care providers, educators, and parents from Southeastern Massachusetts will share their personal stories about the struggles of providing and accessing child care during the COVID-19 crisis during a virtual town hall on Thursday, September 3rd, at 6:30pm. During the event, hosted by the Southeastern Massachusetts chapter of the Common Start Coalition, local parents, educators, and child care providers will discuss the need for high-quality early education and child care to be affordable and accessible to all Massachusetts families.

RSVP today. Please contact Jordan Latham at with any additional questions.

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We Need To Talk About: White Feminism

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020
6:00 - 7:30 pm
On Zoom

Hosted by YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts and YWCA Cambridge, this virtual workshop is focused on unpacking white feminism and discussing strategies for dismantling it. Readings, videos, and podcast episodes will be shared one week before the workshop. Registration closes at midnight on 8/11/20. This workshop will NOT be recorded and distributed.

Please email Jordan Latham at or call (508) 999-3255 for more information.

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What Is Whiteness? Exploring White Racial Identity

In conversations about race and racism in the US, too often “whiteness” is a racial category that goes unexamined. Many white folks have no concept of how, why, and when they became “white,” nor do they have any understanding of the history of US law and policy written along racial lines, to the benefit of “white” people, at the expense of “non-white” people. This workshop--in two parts--will explore that history and its impact on our present reality, wherein we see deep disparities in wellness along racial lines, with “white” folks consistently enjoying better outcomes than their “non-white” peers.
Click here to read more about our guest trained-facilitator, Aimee Davidson, of YWCA Rhode Island! For additional questions, contact Jordan Latham at
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Stand Against Racism 2020 - Suppressed: The Fight To Vote

Saturday April 25, 2020
7:00 - 8:00 pm
On Zoom

Join YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Alliance of YWCAs on Saturday April 25th for an engaging discussion of the documentary Suppressed: The Right to Vote and ways we can all work to remove barriers to voting and enfranchise individuals, families, and communities. We are #OnAMission to eliminate racism because everyone deserves equity and justice.
Join us this year to take a #StandAgainstRacism

Please email Jordan Latham at or call (508) 999-3255 for more information.

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Period Poverty Consciousness Raising

Wednesday March 4, 2020
UMass Dartmouth Center for Women, Gender, & Sexuality
10:30 – 12:00 pm

Together YWCA and MassNOW are raising awareness about the I AM Bill, An Act to Increase Access to Disposable Menstrual Products in Prisons, Homeless Shelters, and Public Schools. All are invited to join and learn more about this Bill!

Please email Jordan Latham at or call (508) 999-3255 for more information, or to schedule your own consciousness raising!


2020 International Women’s Day

Thursday, March 5, 2020
YWCA Standish House
20 South Sixth Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
5:00 – 8:00 pm

Come celebrate International Women’s Day with us! Bring your friends for a casual night of networking in New Bedford. A cash bar and refreshments will be available. Please consider bringing a donation of menstrual hygiene products if you’re able!

Please RSVP to Jordan Latham at

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IGNITE: A Youth Showcase of Art Inspired by Historic Women of the SouthCoast

Thursday, March 12, 2020 6:00 – 8:00 pm
New Bedford Whaling Museum

ART IGNITES HISTORY! See and experience powerful art created by young artists and inspired by remarkable women from history. Many of these original artworks – whether exhibited, written, or performed – highlight the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, honor the unfinished legacy of the women’s suffrage movement, or highlight civically engaged women featured in the New Bedford Whaling Museum project Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast. All pieces included in the IGNITE Showcase are eligible for a cash award based on their relevance, creativity, and originality.