advocacy/public policy activities

Advocacy and public policy are cornerstones of the YWCA. The YWCA remains at the forefront of addressing issues of racial and gender inequities. We are a member of a regional and national movement working together to strengthen our voice in the local, state and national governments. The YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts strives daily to continue to provide opportunities to help women and their families reach their fullest potential. We will continue to take social action towards racial justice, women’s economic advancement and the empowerment of women and girls.

The YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts currently offers opportunities for advocacy and public policy to members,

volunteers, board and staff with a major focus on targeting young women and girls. We have provided transportation to advocate for pay equity at the state and national level. We have sent women to Capitol Hill to advocate for issues of violence against women. We have spoken out on issues of racial injustice. The YWCA is prepared to take a stand at the local, state and national governments, as issues arise in our country that affect the well-being of women, girls and people of color.

To volunteer or become more involved in advocacy, email: or call: 508-999-3255

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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.