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YWomen Leadership Celebration

A woman alone has power, women together have impact. And the collective power of women has never been more evident than since the suffragette movement gave women the right to vote 100 years ago. That’s what YWomen is all about.

Each year at our YWomen Leadership Celebration, YWCA Evanston/North Shore recognizes and celebrates women leaders in our community for their commitment to women’s advancement and racial justice. Each year, the films about their lives lift us up and inspire us to do just a little bit more in our own lives.

YWomen 2020: Help us build a better future for all women

This year, because of the pandemic, we are not having a YWomen Celebration. However, we still honor and celebrate the power and resilience of women in our community, and we hope you will too by giving to the YWomen2020 campaign. During the month of September, we are trying to raise $150,000 for YWCA Domestic Violence Services and Women’s Leadership and Economic Advancement programs.

These programs provide safety, support services, financial education, mentoring, job training, and housing assistance for women— essential tools that women need to build self-sufficient lives.

  • YWCA job training programs, YWCulinary and YWeb, help women gain the skills they need for in-demand jobs. (Watch video here about YWCulinary)
  • YWCA soft skills training and basic money management classes help women learn how to interview, meet prospective employers with confidence, and get hired for jobs that offer financial security and stability.
  • YWCA domestic violence services including emergency shelter, counseling, court advocacy, and longer-term housing to help women recover from abuse and trauma.
  • YWCA Evanston/North Shore programs empower women, support women and give women the tools they need to build better futures for themselves and their families. You can help.

Please give today . You can support YWCA and the women we serve by making a gift that will help vulnerable women and their families.

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Our thanks to Thermoflex, Allstate, Better, and Wintrust, who have continued to support the spirit of YWomen in 2020 with their generous contributions.

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About YWomen

Since YWomen’s small but mighty beginnings in 2008, we have had a BIG dream, and that was to bring our communities together to recognize the power of women to change the world.

Over the years, we have celebrated 27 remarkable women and seven powerful organizations for their work in the areas of women’s empowerment, racial justice and social change. And each year, we have been moved by the spirit of activism that is embodied in the women we have honored. And the past year has reinforced the need for all of us to act to protect what we believe in and to fight for what is just.

Human needs are universal. We all want to be treated fairly, to have opportunities to advance, to feel safe in our home and our communities, to build secure and productive lives for our families. It’s what guides us every day in our work at YWCA.

At the tenth anniversary of YWomen in 2017, we premiered a beautiful film by filmmaker Susan Hope Engel to recognize the 70th anniversary of the founding of YWCA Evanston/North Shore. Watch the film and learn more about our work here.

Your Mission is Our Mission

Get inspired by the stories of our honorees over the last 5 years: