Advocacy Agenda

YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts
2015 – 2016 Advocacy Agenda
Approved by YWCA Board of Directors

September 28, 2015


The YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts advocates for public policy solutions to

improve the lives of women, girls and people of color. In 2015 – 2016, working in

collaboration with community partners, the YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts will

advocate for the following issues to advance our mission of eliminating racism and

empowering women. We also will monitor and educate stakeholders on all policy issues

that impact women, girls and people of color.


Ending Racial Profiling

YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts supports legislation that bans racial profiling at the

federal, state and local levels. The YWCA firmly believes that all individuals, regardless

of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity should be

ensured justice and protected equally under the law. YWCA Southeastern

Massachusetts supports policies that invest in racial justice outreach, education and

training for organizations, workplaces, community organizations, educational

institutions, government agencies, etc. that support an end to racial profiling.


Closing the Wage Gap

YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts supports closing the wage gap by ensuring that

male and female employees get equal pay and benefits for comparable work. The

YWCA supports policies that support equal pay for women, especially women of color.

Caucasian women who work full time, year round are paid only 78 cents for every

dollar paid to their male counterparts, but the wage gap is even larger for many women

of color as African American women are paid only 64 cents, and Latinas only 56 cents,

for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. Closing the wage gap is particularly

important for African American women and Latinas, who are already more likely to have

lower incomes and to be in poverty than virtually all other groups. Although enforcement

of the Equal Pay Act and other civil rights laws has helped narrow the wage gap over

time, addressing the significant disparity that remains is critical for women, girls and

their families.