Washington, D.C.—Alejandra Y. Castillo, CEO of YWCA USA, issued the following statement on the results of the 2020 election:
“While the results of this election may come as a surprise to many, an affirmation to some, and a rejection to others, it is a defining moment for the nation. In this time of change and transition, YWCA USA remains resolute and focused on our mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
There was too much at stake for women to stay home this election – millions of women across the country made certain their voices were heard. Now it’s time for us to stand together to reform our democracy and rebuild our country. It is also time for lawmakers to listen to what women want and need. YWCA USA stands ready to work with President Biden, administration officials, and Congress to increase federal support for nonprofit programs and services, improve economic security for women, prevent gender-based violence and support survivors, ensure access to health care for women, girls, and marginalized people, protect immigrants, and to eliminate policies and practices that criminalize people of color. And when necessary, we will work fervently to oppose policies and halt legislation that would harm or oppress women, girls, and communities of color.
The voices of women, girls, and people of color are more important, now than ever before and they must be heard! Ensuring that women are represented, and their voices are amplified is our main priority. We encourage everyone to continue to stand with us as we work tirelessly to be champions for equality, to end gender discrimination, and to combat injustices across economic, political, and daily life that pose as barriers for so many.
The late Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said that women belong in all places where decisions are being made. Today, we congratulate Kamala Harris, who has made history as the first woman and woman of color elected as Vice President of the United States. This monumental step will help continue to pave the way for woman leaders in the United States for years to come.
At YWCA, we demand a world of equity and human decency. We envision a world of opportunity. We commit ourselves to the work of social and racial justice. We will get up and continue to do the work until injustice is rooted out, until institutions are transformed, and until justice, just is.”